We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit facility: a dedicated team of licensed falconers, providing professional education about the birds of prey we share our world with. Our specialties include photography displays, live flight demonstrations, programs geared towards all-age audiences, and more. We are also available for private events and photo sessions.
What is Falconry?
Falconry is a tradition that can be traced back to ~1000 BC in Ancient Mongolia, where a human and trained raptor worked together to hunt quarry (wild game) in the natural environment. In ancient times, falconry was an important way of life. People developed a great understanding and respect for these incredible birds, even entombing these falcons alongside their families. Today, falconry is used as an extremely important tool to keep geese, gulls, and other birds away from airports. A single bird can cause millions in damage, not to mention fatalities. Falconers can also aid in rehabilitation of juvenile, nestling, or previously injured birds of prey that need to regain their strength or learn from another member of their species.
Meet the Team!
Pete - Pete has been a NYS licensed Master falconer for over 30 years. SkyHunters USA was started out of his passion for birds of prey and the amazing bond that a human can work to establish with them. Since starting out with his first bird, a red tailed hawk, his interest has now grown into a fully flighted mission to spread awareness about the importance of conservation of nature and the plight of the animals we share our world with.
Jessica - Jess is a NYS licensed falconer and licensed wildlife rehabilitator currently working towards a Veterinary Tech degree. She obtained her Associate's in Animal Management from NCCC and a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from University at Buffalo. She has worked at facilities like the World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri, the Buffalo Zoo, the Primate Sanctuary Inc. in Niagara Falls, NY and local wildllilife rehabilitation hospitals.