RALEIGH, N.C. (July 14, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.
Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey, with strict state and federal requirements in place for ownership of a raptor and hunting with it. Participants at the workshop will learn about identification, anatomy and care of raptors, the history of falconry, bird training and falconry equipment. Live birds will be on hand.
The N.C. Falconers Guild was founded in 1987 to assist and advance falconry and bird-of-prey issues through education and support. The Guild works to advance scientific study of all raptorial birds and their prey species, and to conserve habitat.
“Everyone wanting to practice falconry in North Carolina has to go through an apprenticeship process and be licensed,” said Daron Barnes, permits supervisor with the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “We give a presentation at this workshop on the rules and regulations that falconers are bound by, and talk to them about the application and permitting process.”
A $35 advance registration fee is required, with space limited. Lunch is provided. For more information or to register, contact Beth Gunn with the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education at 919-707-0205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The Centennial Center is located on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.