Ohio School of Falconry

Ohio School of Falconry

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My husband just took this pic at Alum Creek dam❤️
What a great experience! Thank you Ohio School of Falconry for the wonderful opportunity you provide. Here is a link to the images from my day with my sister at your facility enjoying your expertise and those wonderful birds! (you will have to create an account to view, but it's free and your email is not given away)
Here is a link to the wonderful experience provided by the Ohio School of Falconry. It was a great day!!! Thank you for providing such an opportunity~ (you have to create an account, but it's free! and you don't get harassed)
Looking for some help identifying this raptor? The picture is however from Florida.
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Phenomenal experience, all of the falconers weee not only extremely knowledgeable but very nice. I would do this again in a heartbeat. I intend to further in this sport if I can. We did the walk with hawks an owl experience worth every penny. Joe, Katie, Stephanie and Auki (spell check) where amazing !!!
A good friend suggested that I send these to you to figure out what I caught at a long distance with a pocket sized point and shoot Canon! Very large, very pale colored....not an eagle. A juvenile female Red Tailed Hawk was suggested. Please help!
Amazing time!! Thank you!!!
Got some wonderful photos from today!
Great class!

The Midwest’s First and Finest School of Falconry...providing the most exceptional Falconry experiences, demonstrations and education available anywhere in the midwest!

Operating as usual

01/06/2022

Happy National Bird Day…a day late!! 🙄🙄🙄

Happy National Bird Day…a day late!! 🙄🙄🙄

Photos Reveal Purpose of Black Facial Markings in Peregrine Falcons 01/05/2022

Photos Reveal Purpose of Black Facial Markings in Peregrine Falcons

Stealing this from our friends at Falconry Adventures if Orlando…

Photos Reveal Purpose of Black Facial Markings in Peregrine Falcons Many animals have black markings under the eye that are said to reduce the amount of glare entering the animal’s eye, improving their ability to see especially in bright conditions. Athletes als

How to Attract Owls to Nest in Your Backyard 01/04/2022

How to Attract Owls to Nest in Your Backyard

One of the questions that we get every so often at one of our Owl Encounters is “how do I get an owl as a pet?” Well, while Owls make horrible pets (sorry all you Harry Potter fans) they do make great neighbors. Here is a great article that our good friend Eve sent to us on just that subject…

How to Attract Owls to Nest in Your Backyard Where do owls live? Roll out the welcome mat for these shadowy nighttime fliers. Experts reveal how to attract owls: provide shelter and offer nest sites.

12/31/2021

What’s a great way to end 2021 on a high note…flying birds, of course! A big shout to Carmela and her family for joining us today for a private falconry experience at Camp Mary Orton. We’ve had so many blessings this year…new birds…new programs…and new partners! Not to mention our great team of educators and volunteers (and not to forget our avian ambassadors) who have all helped us to share our passion for these amazing birds at programs and classes across the Midwest. Here’s to a healthy and happy New Year to us all!!
#happynewyear2022 #raptorconservation #falconryexperiences #thankful #supportraptorrehab #giveback #ohioschooloffalconry #columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo

What’s a great way to end 2021 on a high note…flying birds, of course! A big shout to Carmela and her family for joining us today for a private falconry experience at Camp Mary Orton. We’ve had so many blessings this year…new birds…new programs…and new partners! Not to mention our great team of educators and volunteers (and not to forget our avian ambassadors) who have all helped us to share our passion for these amazing birds at programs and classes across the Midwest. Here’s to a healthy and happy New Year to us all!!
#happynewyear2022 #raptorconservation #falconryexperiences #thankful #supportraptorrehab #giveback #ohioschooloffalconry #columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo

12/30/2021

Looks like someone got “Floofed” during a Heads Up Buzz Cut!
#headsupbuzzcut #floofed #parabuteounicinctus #amazingirwin #walkwithhawks #conservationeducation #ohioschooloffalconry #columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo

12/27/2021

An adorable winter craft, indeed!!!

This is an adorable idea for a winter craft! Would go well with a book about snowy owls.

SEE IT HERE: https://frugalfun4boys.com/pine-cone-snowy-owl-craft/

12/27/2021

Five Skills of the Falconer -‘Casting Off’

Had a great day of classes yesterday at Camp Mary Orton. During our 45 minute ‘Walk with Hawks’ (through the almost 200 acres of mature eastern woodlands here at Camp) we had our students practicing all of the skills that they have learned in order to fly their Hawk. ‘Casting Off’ the glove is one of the “Five Skills of the Falconer” that they learn as part of our “Falconry Fundamentals” courses here at OSF. Looks like they all were “Spot On!”
#castingoff #walkwithhawks #fiveskillsofthefalconer #falconryfundamentals #havingfunflyinghawks #campmaryorton #ohioschooloffalconry #conservation #giveback #columbus #cincinnati #dayton #cleveland #toledo

12/25/2021

A Little Xmas Eve Lure Flying

The family and I got a chance to sneak away for a little vacay to coastal SC this past week. Spent time chillin and taking in some shows, including the Medieval Times show last night. I was curious to see how well the “Master Falconer” and his bird did flying in such tight quarters. They usually use male Lanner Falcons for these kind of demos and that is exactly what we saw being flown tonight. “Falconer” and bird did a very nice job and you could tell they’ve worked together for a bit. Overall, we had a great time tonight!!!
#medievaltimesmyrtlebeach #renniexmas #lannerfalconer #lureflyingdemo #lanneronthelure #ohioschooloffalconry

Photos from Glen Helen's post 12/25/2021

Another great save from our friends at Glen Helen Raptor Center!! Don’t forget to give to your local Raptor Rehabber.

12/24/2021
12/24/2021

‘‘Twas the night before Christmas…and all through the house… not a creature was stirring…not even a mouse! (Probably cause it was afraid of being caught/eaten by the Holiday Hawk!!! 🤣)

From all of us here at OSF, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!!

And, as always, please don’t forget to support your local raptor rehabbers during this season of giving!!!

#merrychristmas #holidayhawk #supportraptorrehab #ohioschooloffalconry #falconryexperiences #hawkhousecalls #raptorroadshow #columbus #cincinnati #dayton #cleveland #toledo #indianapolis #louisville

Bird Prey and Hiking 12/23/2021

Bird Prey and Hiking

We had such a great time joining Miss Campbell and all her friends last summer at Spruce Run…

Bird Prey and Hiking Students enjoyed a day outdoors learning about falcons, owls, and hawks with the Ohio School of Falconry! Then enjoyed a nice hike at Spruce Run. They ended ...

12/22/2021

While 2022 will mark our 9th year in operation, we love looking back on some of our early class participants. This young lady had such a love for birds that we can still remember the excitement she showed when Sedosa flew down to her glove for the first time. The look on her face…pure magic!
#raptoreducation #conservationeducation #plantingseeds #startemyoung #columbus #cincinnati #dayton #cleveland #toledo #harrishawks

While 2022 will mark our 9th year in operation, we love looking back on some of our early class participants. This young lady had such a love for birds that we can still remember the excitement she showed when Sedosa flew down to her glove for the first time. The look on her face…pure magic!
#raptoreducation #conservationeducation #plantingseeds #startemyoung #columbus #cincinnati #dayton #cleveland #toledo #harrishawks

12/21/2021

Just WOW!!!

Last week, a rare Steller’s sea eagle was spotted along the Taunton River in Massachusetts, thousands of miles away from its home in Asia. This sea eagle is one of the largest raptors in the world, weighing up to 20 pounds with a wingspan of up to 8 feet! This is likely the same eagle that was observed in Alaska and Canada, and highlighted in this Smithsonian magazine article: www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stellers-sea-eagle-dazzles-birders-on-lone-odyssey-180979035/

📷: David Ennis

Photos from Ohio School of Falconry's post 12/21/2021

Aaannnddd the answer was…

Ashland University AND Nadine (although we also accepted Tuffy)!

I was introduced to the purple eagle statues last week when I had the honor of joining our very own Katy Wickberg’s family to watch her defend her thesis at Ashland University (she did great and graduated, of course)! Here is a link to the history of these cool statues and Ashland University tradition (https://ashlanduniversity.wordpress.com/eagle-statues/). We had a lot of winners and we’ll be sending out your special prizes next week! Thanks for playing!!
#ashlanduniversity #theamazingkaty #nadinetheeagle #tuffytheeagle #ohioschooloffalconry #conservationeducation #columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo

Snowy Owls Aren't Starving: Two Canadian Farmers Help Bust a Pervasive Myth 12/19/2021

Snowy Owls Aren't Starving: Two Canadian Farmers Help Bust a Pervasive Myth

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Snowy Owls Aren't Starving: Two Canadian Farmers Help Bust a Pervasive Myth From the Winter 2017 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. Every year Snowy Owls descend out of the Arctic, sometimes in smatterings, sometimes in mas­sive irruptions, to spend winter in south­ern Canada and the Lower 48 states. They pop up in odd places—hunkering down on haystacks in fa...

Rare Sighting: Snowy Owl Was Spotted In NYC's Central Park The First Time After 130 Years 12/19/2021

Rare Sighting: Snowy Owl Was Spotted In NYC's Central Park The First Time After 130 Years

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Rare Sighting: Snowy Owl Was Spotted In NYC's Central Park The First Time After 130 Years On Wednesday, Jan 27, New Yorkers flocked to Central Park to catch a glimpse of a snowy owl that hasn’t been seen for 130 years, as reported by The New York Times. Image source: TheBenStadler According to experts, the last time snowy owls were spotted in Central Park was in...

12/18/2021

Kids got the Holiday Blues??? It's time for a Hawk Housecall!!

Just give us a call and we’ll bring the birds to YOU!

“HAWK HOUSECALLS”, from the Ohio School of Falconry, will bring up to 5 different birds of prey (Owls, Hawks, Buzzards and/or Falcons)…to Your Front Lawn/Home…for a socially distanced, educational and safe "frontyard fieldtrip" on raptors and the amazing sport of falconry!

With prices starting at just $100, this is a fun and affordable way to make your kids’s holidays (and winter) something to remember!

For more information on our “Hawk Housecalls” packages, contact us at 614-312-5004 (or via email at [email protected]).

Or, visit us online at (www.ohioschooloffalconry.com) for more info on our variety of other “hands on” Falconry classes.

Kids got the Holiday Blues??? It's time for a Hawk Housecall!!

Just give us a call and we’ll bring the birds to YOU!

“HAWK HOUSECALLS”, from the Ohio School of Falconry, will bring up to 5 different birds of prey (Owls, Hawks, Buzzards and/or Falcons)…to Your Front Lawn/Home…for a socially distanced, educational and safe "frontyard fieldtrip" on raptors and the amazing sport of falconry!

With prices starting at just $100, this is a fun and affordable way to make your kids’s holidays (and winter) something to remember!

For more information on our “Hawk Housecalls” packages, contact us at 614-312-5004 (or via email at [email protected]).

Or, visit us online at (www.ohioschooloffalconry.com) for more info on our variety of other “hands on” Falconry classes.

12/18/2021

What is my name AND where do I live??
The first 25 people to FB Message us with the correct two answers will receive a super special OSF themed prize mailed to them!
#eaglesanonymous #flylikeaneagle #ohioschooloffalconry #superspecialprize

What is my name AND where do I live??
The first 25 people to FB Message us with the correct two answers will receive a super special OSF themed prize mailed to them!
#eaglesanonymous #flylikeaneagle #ohioschooloffalconry #superspecialprize

12/16/2021

Yesterday was day two of our “Holiday Hawk Food” deliveries to our Raptor Rehab/Education partners. We were able to get much needed Muskrat carcasses into the hands of our friends at both the Medina Raptor Center (in Medina, of course) and Raptor Hallow (in Alliance). Please remember to support your local raptor organizations this holiday season as they play a vital role in the health and conservation of our wild raptor populations!
#medinaraptorcenter #raptorhallowsanctuary #ohioschooloffalconrygivesback #raptorconservation #natureeducation
#columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo

12/15/2021

We’ll just leave this right here… 🙄🙄🙄
#ohioschooloffalconrygivesback #ohioschooloffalconryconservation #supportraptorrehab #glenhelenraptorcenter #feedaraptor

10 Fun Facts About the Red-tailed Hawk 12/13/2021

10 Fun Facts About the Red-tailed Hawk

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10 Fun Facts About the Red-tailed Hawk There’s a lot to love about this familiar raptor, from its courtship acrobatics to its masterful hunting.

Photos from Ohio School of Falconry's post 12/12/2021

Ohhh…the weather outside was frightful, but the birds were sooo delightful!!!

A big THANK YOU for everyone who braved the weather and joined us yesterday for classes at our Cleveland-area location at the Izaak Walton League in Medina. Katy mentioned that while the winds made the Walk with Hawks flights interesting, everyone got plenty of “hands on” time with the flying team and Henson our Eurasian Eagle Owl. It’s always a treat to get out of Columbus and teach at either our Cincinnati or Cleveland area locations!!!
#windycity #iwlamedina #walkwithhawks #falconry201 #introductiontofalconry #falconry101 #ohioschooloffalconry #ohiofalconry #columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo

Photos from Ohio School of Falconry's post 12/12/2021

Happy 12th Birthday Jayden!!

We had such a fun time teaching at our Izaak Walton League location in Medina yesterday and finished the day with a fun birthday party! We love sharing the birds with kids, especially as part of celebrations such as Jayden’s party. Thank you again Jayden for allowing us to be a part of your very special day!!!
#happybirthdayjayden ##hawkhousecalls #iwlamedina #conservationeducation #plantingseeds #ohioschooloffalconry #ohiofalconry #columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo

12/12/2021

Please keep anyone affected by yesterday’s devastating storms, especially our neighbors in Kentucky, in your thoughts, prayers and actions!!!

12/11/2021

Holiday Hilarity!!! 🤣🤣🤣

Holiday Hilarity!!! 🤣🤣🤣

12/11/2021

Still one of our favorites!!!

12/11/2021

A great primer on feather types from our friends at Avian Conservation and Education Center.

Feather types

There are six different types of feathers, which are contour, flight, down, filoplumes, semiplumes, and bristle feathers (also known by other names). Pennaceous feathers, more commonly known as contour feathers, split into two groups; one group is symmetrical and covers the body and the other is the flight feathers.

Contour feathers allow for protection from the elements. Flight feathers are long and asymmetrical allowing for stiffening of the rachis, allowing for strong stable feathers during flight. Flight feathers also have the ability to twist their rachis inside the pulp cavity, allowing the barbules of the feather to interlock on the down stroke, decreasing the amount of air flow between the feathers, creating a more efficient lift. The flight feathers of the wing are remiges; those located on the tail are rectrices.

Flight feathers are separated into three separate groups—primary, secondary and tertiary. The primaries are at the far end of the wing and provide the forward thrust during takeoff and flight. The secondary form a majority of the wing in the middle. The feathers located closest to the body are the tertiaries. Plumulaceous feathers, otherwise known as down feathers, lack a rachis and barbs that interact. Normally, they are fluffy and used for insulation. There are special types of down feathers that, when disintegrated, can form keratin powder, which can be used to waterproof feathers.

Birds can use this ability for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is for insulation against cold and/or water, especially for the birds that dive into or sit on water. Filoplumes are very thin, hair-like feathers with very few barbs. They are thought to have a sensory function; any other details are mostly unknown. Semiplumes have a very large central rachis and loose veins. This structure allows them to be used in insulation and aerodynamics. Bristle feathers have a very stiff rachis but few barbs. They are located around the eyes and mouth; it is believed that they have a protective and sensory function.

However, not all birds that have feathers use them for flight. Penguins use them for insulation against the cold of the air and water. On the other hand, the ostrich utilizes its feathers for mating and for fluffing, which allows them to release heat and cool down.

#conservation #education #conservationist

12/10/2021

CROSS THAT LINE!!!

If you have a line, Glen’s going to cross it.

Photos from Ohio School of Falconry's post 12/10/2021

Had a great day out yesterday doing a photo shoot with Lynn and Rachel Lauren (of the Ohio Canid Center). Henson and Manny also seemed to truly appreciate the beauty that is the Scenic Olentangy Highbanks Corridor. What a place to call home!
#handsomehenson #olentangyhighbankscorridor #raptorphotoshoot #ohiocanidcenter #rachelllaurenphotography #ohioschooloffalconry #campmaryorton

12/09/2021
12/09/2021

Still one of our all-time favorite reviews…EVER!! 😬

When Hunter’s parents first told us about his passion for Peregrines, we couldn’t wait to introduce him to Jaeger! With his love of falcons and his drive to make a difference (and of course his first name, lol), we see a bright future in this sport for Hunter!!!
#passionforperegrines #plantaseed #anatumperegrine #jaeger #conservationeducation #ohioschooloffalconry #columbus #cincinnati #cleveland #dayton #toledo #indianapolis #louisville

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