WEST COAST FALCONRY IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE A VARIED STAFF OF proficient FALCONERS AND EDUCATORS. Our staff has a passion for raptors and over 30 years of combined EDUCATION AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE.
OUR Senior STAFF, Kate and Jana have volunteered their time and expertise FOR the past several years to teach the Apprentice Workshop at the California Hawking Club’s annual field meet, and Kate has enjoyed hosting the Lure Flying Competition there as well.
Kate Marden, master falconer, West Coast Falconry founder, owner and senior staff member, has been a falconer since 1998. She is an experienced speaker and educator. She is a successful business owner in Marin County specializing in canine care. Her work with birds of prey predates her years as a licensed falconer. Kate has worked in bird of prey interpretive programs at Renaissance Fairs, Corporate Events, Historical Events, Scottish Games and schools for more near twenty years. Kate has flown her birds in videos and on shows such as Mythbusters, Nat Geo, KQED, Wreakreation Nation, Unchained Reaction, Mancations and Methods of Take. She specialized in training her raptors outside of the box. Her vision for creating a falconry center in the United States that is accessible to everyone is the seed that grew West Coast Falconry.
Jana Barkley, master falconer and Senior Staff member, is an experienced educator and lecturer. Her energy and enthusiasm for the sport of falconry has impressed her audiences. Jana is also a published writer whose work revolves around her passion for the sport of falconry. She is a past director for the California Hawking Club.
Purchase a copy of Jana’s book here: The Apprentice
Amber Kelley, aka Lil’ Red Monkey, is a general falconer working with her 2nd red tail, Wednesday. Amber’s goal, when we met in 2007, was to become a falconer and work at West Coast. Amber has been working with us since 2013 and is an essential part of our crew. She helps teach, works with all of our birds and holds the fort when we are out of town.
Marya Lehman, a general falconer, has been working with birds of prey through rehab and educational organizations since 2008. She enjoys her time spent training birds and working with them. Marya and her husband, Kenny, welcomed their first child, Eben Asher, to the world in 2013. Another falconer on the way?
Our Newest Addition to our Staff is Hilary Kaseman, she has had interest in birds of prey for many years and has helped falconers out at Renaissance fairs. She is currently working on getting her apprenticeship started.