The Peregrine Fund is an unusual conservation organization. It’s a hero: The Peregrine Fund led and continues to lead the successful fight to save is namesake bird and other raptors from extinction. But it’s also strongly rooted in falconry, the 4,000 year old of capturing and training raptors.
The Peregrine Fund has a long list of successful breeding programs, establishing or re-establishing endangered species. It has captive bred some 40 species, and monitors some 100 species of raptors world-wide. It’s headquartered in Boise and each autumn the two roots – conservation and falconry – are on display during the Fall Flights Program fundraiser. Paying customers are treated to a display of free-flying birds while being gently shaken down to donate.
It’s a lot of fun, it’s an impressive display of utterly amazing birds, and it’s a gentle introduction to the art of falconry.
You don’t have to be a birder to appreciate the beauty, elegance and fierce intensity of raptors in flight. And the chance to see the birds up close – the birds are flown directly over the audience’s head – makes the experience immediate and detailed.
You learn a little bit about the birds, you learn a little bit about the Fund and you get to see great birds up close and personal. What’ not to like?
And the ticket proceeds go to a pretty effective conversation organization. An organization that has an effective record of keeping these magnificent birds in the skies. A charity that’s top-rated by Charity Navigator. WC and Mrs. WC are members of The Peregrine Fund and can recommend the charity to readers. And if you are in Boise, sometime in the Fall, when The Peregrine Fund does it Fall Flights, make a visit and check it out.