Highlights from the Rendezvous

Held in Boise, April 7-9 2022
The Rendezvous is our largest annual event attracting falconers from around the world. It is an opportunity to gather and support the mission, celebrate falconry heritage, and honor those falconers who have passed. This year’s Rendezvous was a great success. It ran from April 7-9th, 2022. Attendees were treated to a series called "Exploring Global Falconry Heritage" and a keynote speaker the night of the gala. For those of you who couldn't join us, here are those presentations.

Keynote

Munir Virani, Ph.D.

Munir Virani, Ph.D.

CEO of the Raptor Conservation Fund, United Arab Emirates

A New Critical Partner for Raptor Conservation and Falconry Heritage: The Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund


Dr. Munir Virani joined the Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund as their new Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2021. Prior to that, Munir was the Executive Vice President and Director for Global Conservation Strategy for The Peregrine Fund, based in Boise Idaho, USA. With over 25 years of experience in raptor research and conservation, strategic planning, project design, execution, management, and fundraising, Munir’s research on birds of prey spans over four continents and focuses on creative, holistic, and effective solutions for conservation problems, developing collaborative conservation ventures and capacity building.

Munir has conducted extensive research on birds of prey in East Africa, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, and his most recent strategic conservation portfolio extended to Panama on Harpy Eagles, forest conservation, and indigenous communities; and in the Caribbean Islands on the threatened raptors there. His work has garnered several International Awards including The Aga Khan Foundation’s award for excellence in the Field of Science and Technology and more recently the prestigious “Green Oscar” Award from the Whitley Fund for Nature’s for his work on critically endangered vultures in Kenya. Munir has published over 150 scientific and popular articles. His TED talk on “Why I Love Vultures” has generated over one million views.


Tony James

Tony James

British Archives of Falconry, IAF, and British Falconers Club

Falconry: The Cultural and Practical Value of Sharing


Lauren McGough, Ph.D.

Lauren McGough, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Colorado State University Pueblo

The Global Heritage of Eagle Falconry and its North American Revival


Chris Parish

Chris Parish

CEO, The Peregrine Fund

Conservation Challenges are Conversation Challenges


Adrian Reuter Cortes

Adrian Reuter Cortes

Latin American and Caribbean Senior Adviser on Illegal wildlife trade and counter wildlife trafficking for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Falconry in Latin America: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Road Ahead


Jevgeni Shergalin

Jevgeni Shergalin

Archivist, The Falconry Heritage Trust

A Review of Falconry History in the Russian Empire and Former Soviet Union, 1882-1991


Leslie Wallace, Ph.D.

Leslie Wallace, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Coastal Carolina University

Liao and Jin Dynasty Falconry


Mark Williams

Mark Williams

Marshall Radio Telemetry (retired) and Wildlife Photographer

Observations of Falconry in the Middle East


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