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Reinhardt Students, Faculty and Staffed Soared to New Heights at the College's First Live Falconry Demonstration


Harris Hawk
Buster Brown, Georgia Falconry Association board of directors member, gives Reinhardt students, faculty and staff a closer look at the claws of a Harris Hawk.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2009, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff soared to new heights as Falconers Buster Brown and Ed Carswell presented a falconry educational program and live outdoor demonstration. Accompanying Brown and Carswell were three hawks-a male Harris Hawk (not native to Georgia), a female Red-Tailed Hawk and a male Red-Tailed Hawk.

Preserving an Ancient Sport
"We do this program as part of our [Georgia Falconry Association] mission, which is to educate the general public about the value and conservation of all birds of prey," said Brown. "I especially enjoy doing the live demonstration because it's a way to introduce and preserve the ancient sport of falconry in the modern world."

Presenting the Facts
The educational program involved discussion about the definition of falconry, the various species of raptors used for falconry, legal issues in the sport, how to become a falconer, facilities required, equipment used, and trapping, training and hunting. Since falconry is a hunting sport, Brown presented  incredible video footage of different birds of prey pursuing wild quarry in their own habitats. Participants had time at the end of the program to ask questions.

Red Tailed Hawk
Since falconry is a hunting sport, Ed Carswell explains to program participants about the rules and regulations of being a falconer, all while a Red-Tailed Hawk perches on his arm.

Observing a Live Hunt
Brown is on the board of directors for the Georgia Falconry Association, and Carswell is a member of the association. For more information about falconry or the GFA, please visit

Following the discussion, Brown and Carswell led participants outside near a wooded area on campus for a front row seat to witness what happens every day in the wild. Observers watched as the female Red-Tailed Hawk pursued a gray squirrel-she was successful in her hunt in less than 30 minutes.

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