Earlier this week we had local Master falconer, Peter Kipp, visit us along with his red-tailed hawks, Jade, Macho, and Chance, to demonstrate the art of falconry on our majestic mountain. Red-tailed hawks are native to our area, but getting to see them up close and personal while they worked with Peter was incredible!
Falconry has a long and rich history, which can be traced all the way back to 2,000BC in Mesopotamia. In medieval Europe, falconry was the sport of nobles and kings. Now, it continues as a hobby around the world, and has begun to gain popularity in the United States through demonstrations at games, fairs, and private events at communities like Preserve at Rock Creek.
All falconers in the US are required to be licensed. An Apprentice License comes first, then a General License. With enough time and training, a Master License can be earned. It is an amazing experience to watch a trained bird of prey perform exercises and hunting simulations in a natural, mountainous setting. If you’d like to set up your own personal demonstration, Peter can be reached at 828.883.4500, or contact us if you’d like to discuss hosting a private demonstration in the Preserve at Rock Creek meadow.