Kate Marden – Owner
Master falconer and founder/owner of West Coast Falconry, it was Kate’s vision and specialization of training raptors outside of the box and through methods rooted in trust, compassion, and positive reinforcement that formed West Coast Falconry–a falconry center accessible to everyone, here in the United States, where all people can have an opportunity to experience intimate interactions with birds of prey.
She’s been a falconer since 1998, but has considerable raptor experience predating it, as well as having successfully owned her own canine care business in Marin County. With an array of experience in bird of prey interpretive programs at renaissance fairs, corporate events, historical events, Scottish games, and schools, she brings her vast experience, knowledge, and passion to culmination here at the center.
Kate has flown her birds in videos and on various shows, including Mythbusters, Nat Geo, KQED, Wreakreation Nation, Unchained Reaction, Mancations, and Methods of Take.
Amber Rae Kelley
Having been a fixture at West Coast Falconry since she was 13, Amber now is a master falconer and proud owner of her Harris’ Hawk, Maggie. Now, after a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to have her with us again.
Brian Goodrich Camp
With over 20 years of falconry experience under his belt and the title of master falconer, Brian has diverse experience in both education and abatement with a plethora of raptors including various eagles, hawks, and falcons. After being a long-time employee at the Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey, he’s joined us with new training tips and the strength to help us with our heavy lifting!
Apprentice Seminar and Special Events Staff
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 them. And in her spare time she enjoys painting birds of prey in all sorts of mediums. Check out Marya’s Facebook Art Page!
Jana Barkley, a Master Falconer, is an experienced educator and lecturer. Her energy and enthusiasm for the sport of falconry has impressed 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