Thank you Discover Julian for the awesome educational video you took of Cisco and his raptors.
Shirley the magnificent and powerful hybrid Gyr/Saker falcon
Billy "the kid" a hybrid Gyr/Prairie falcon
What an amazing event at Camp Marston YMCA for the Autism family camp. We were so happy to be able to give this awesome opportunity to autistic children and their families. Every child had the opportunity to hold our Harris Hawks on their fist and take a picture with the hawks. Everyone had a great and memorable time!
For the last Hawk Watch of the year Pancho had a different agenda. As the crowd gathered anticipating Pancho's famous lure stooping presentation no one expected that the resident hawks above were the real ones in charge. Today the lesson is Falconry is not always polished and this is reality. These local Red Tailed hawks weren't going to let a popular falcon steal all the action below. As they swooped down on Pancho the crowd became worried and still. Pancho did what he was supposed to do though. He got the hell out of their air space and caught a thermal. Soon he was just a speck in the sky way off to the south. The good news is Cisco tracked him down about 20 minutes later with his fancy Marshall telemetry. The bad news is some of the viewers left very distraught as they did not know the outcome of Pancho. Cisco attempted to calm the crowd by reminding them that this is common in Falconry and he would be right back. He did in fact come right back with Pancho on his fist. My hopes are that everyone who attended the Hawk watch and left not knowing were told the good news of his return. Until next year! Thank you Ryan Rubino for capturing the adventure!
Ramona Home Journal writes a great article about the Ramona Hawk watch and my involvement as a guest performer. This is my second year and what an amazing experience this has been for me. I absolutely love to share my passion of Falconry with you all.
What a fantastic event at Julian Union Elementary school presenting for Pathway's Club Jaguar Literacy Program. Never before have these kids had the opportunity to experience the raptors so up close and personal. It was so cool to watch the expression on these kids faces and to hear their excitement when the hawks came swooping through the crowd.
Our young and curious Harris Hawk J.J.. came in to investigate this cool RC car driven by Mark. Once the car flipped he cautiously seized his moment. What a special surprise for Mark. One that he will never forget. (Cisco)
It was a great turn out and the birds performed awesome.
Marie Kubin was trying to snap a photo of a rainbow Monday during a drive from Julian to Borrego Springs in San Diego County. As they drove slowly on the side of the road to capture the colorful sight on the horizon, something else swooped into view -- a falcon landed on the car's windshield.
This is our very own Pancho. Cisco was testing his flying ability in a new area and temporarily lost sight of him for 20 minutes. This happened meanwhile. Pancho was recovered and we discovered he was on the news tonight.
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Cisco's follow up story interview by NBC Los Angeles
Our team is excited to start the new year of 2017!
Hope you all have a very Happy New Year!
This is Cisco making a negative situation into a positive situation. When your car is stuck in the mud with a group of onlookers enjoying some sledding you do a impromptu falconry presentation of course!