Sedosa is a female Harris’s Hawk from the “Mancini” line of Harris’s Hawks bred by Lee Shelton of Virginia. When Lee’s sponsor, Dave Mancini, retired from breeding, Lee took over the helm and has continued to breed some fantastic birds. Sedosa is an incredibly social hawk and really seems to enjoy being around people. Sedosa is used in both our Introduction to Falconry and Walk with Hawks programs.
Chase is a male captive bred, eastern Red Tailed Hawk. Bred in Michigan, Chase comes to us by way of another Falconry School located in California. Chase is a very tall bird with very beautiful adult plumage. Red Tails are one of the most common birds of prey in the United States and can be found in almost every ecosystem in North America. Chase is used in our Introduction to Falconry and our Walk with Hawks programs.
A descendent of the famous “White Wing,” Ki-Lo is named for both his mother (Killer) and father (Milo). Ki-Lo (or “Ki” for short) is a 2012 tiercel from the famous Coulson’s breeding project in Louisiana. Known for their efforts at establishing the first Harris’s Hawk captive breeding registry, Tom and Jennifer Coulson are the authors on the The Harris’s Hawk Revolution (the definitive guide to raising, training, and hunting with Harris’s Hawks). Ki is a wonderful example of their line breeding philosophy and is both is both easy to handle and a pleasure to work with (traits he inherited from his White Wing lineage). Ki-Lo is used in both our Introduction to Falconry and our Walk with Hawks programs.
Cass (a.k.a. Butch Cassady)
One of two Coulson-bred Harris’ Hawks (Sunny, aka Sundance is the other) that came to us from falconer Emily Jean Huff in Winsonsin, Cass is actually a full brother/clutch mate to our very own Ki-Lo. Emily did an amazing job in working with him and and his castmate, Sunny, and as a result he is one of the most laid back of all our avian ambassadors. Cass currently joins us as part of our Introduction to Falconry and Walk with Hawks programs.
Sunny (a.k.a. Sundance Kid)
Sunny is a gorgeous, five-year-old, Coulson-bred bird male Harris’s Hawk. Sunny is flown largely with Sedosa as part of our Walk with Hawks program and is an amazing ambassador of his species.
One of the two most recent members to join our team is Henson (a male Eurasian Eagle Owl named for Muppets creator Jim Henson). Eurasian Eagle Owls (EEO) are the largest, and most widely distributed, owls in the world and are often commonly mistaken for our North American Great Horned Owl, despite their smaller size. One quick way to determine the difference between the two species is with relation to their horns. While Great Horned Owls have horns that are vertical, the much larger EEO has horns that are more horizontal in nature. Our male was bred by Rick and Judy West of Upstate New York and has already begun his duties as part of our birds of prey ambassador team. Henson joins us as part of our Owl Encounter program and will be trained to work weddings.
Another new team member that has joined just recently joined us is Dr. Hoo, a male North American Barn Owl. Besides being one of the most widely distributed species of owl in the world, Barn Owls are also one of the most iconic, thanks to their easily recognizable heart-shaped facial disc. Found on almost every major continent, Barn Owls are commonly classified into three different subspecies, including the American Barn Owl (North/South America), the Western Barn Owl (Europe, Asia, Africa and western Asia) and the Eastern Barn Owl (southeast Asia and Australasia). Dr. Hoo is of the American variety, which is largely considered to be the largest of the subspecies and was bred by Jonathan Wood of Upstate New York. He has already begun his duties as part of our birds of prey ambassador team. Dr. Hoo occasionally joins us for our Introduction to Falconry and Walk with Hawks programs and all of our Owl Encounter programs.