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Falconer

 

Overview

A falconer uses birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, falcons or owls to control in an environmentally friendly way the behavioural patterns of pest bird species such as pigeons, gulls, starlings and sparrows as well as to trap and euthanize/exterminate or relocate pest animals and wildlife affecting agricultural production.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • House and care for falcon or other birds of prey
  • Safely and humanly transport birds
  • Knowledge of animal behavior to train bird of prey to chase away nuisance flocks of birds or capture small rodents 
  • Discuss client needs and assist in developing proper mode of action using birds of prey
  • Conduct animal control seminars
  • Achieve and main proper licensing to operate falcon as a means for abatement, trapping & exterminating pest
  • Knowledge of proper bird handling techniques
  • Knowledge of avian behavior to select the appropriate bird of prey to eliminate the pest

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required and an associates or higher degree in wildlife management, environmental sciences or poultry science may be preferred along with various certifications and licensing for handling birds of prey. 

 

To pursue a career as a falconer:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry, biology and mathematics.  

 

Where can I work? How much money will I make?

Falconers are typically self-employed and may be hired to preform falconry work for vineyards, produce farms such as blueberries, grapes and cherries, golf courses and grain storage facilities. 

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a falconer will be fair over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Organic Consumers Association
  • North American Falconers Association
  • US Poultry and Egg Association 

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