You will help us free fly our falcons on the cliffs of La Jolla at the Torrey Pines Gliderport, a National Historical Place and beloved landmark. You'll learn how to call and release one of our trained falcons using your falconry glove, and admire their aerial skills while they soar above the cliffs. You'll get an up-close and personal view of their mastery of flight as they perform simulated hunting behaviors, swooping, ground-skimming and diving at high speed after a moving target. At the same time we will discuss raptor flight styles and how they contribute to the diverse ecologies of different types of hawks and falcons. There will be plenty of time for questions and pictures with our birds. My hope is to send you home with a new, or perhaps renewed, love for these majestic predators and the environment. The encounter lasts 1.5 hours and there is some standing involved, we can always provide a chair if necessary, just let us know in advance. If you don't see a date or time that works for you here check also our other raptor encounter: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/133871
Antonella And Dave
My name is Antonella, I started paragliding 14 years ago in La Jolla, and met my husband Dave, also a biologist and paraglider pilot like me, while flying. We got involved in Falconry and Parahawking, and together with our friend Terry we opened a Falconry School called Total Raptor Experience, and advocate for environment conservation. We love to share our love for raptors and for free-flight with our friends and our guests, and hope to get you involved as well.
bird training equipment bird treats and perches
We'll be at the Torrey Pines Gliderport, a beloved San Diego Landmark tucked between Black Beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve and the Salk Institute. It offers incredible views of the cliffs and the ocean and access to the beach. The area has free parking, is wheelchair accessible, and has a great off-the-grid cafe. On a good day you can see paragliders soar along the coast, spot dolphins go by and a number of soaring birds cruise the coastline.
4歳以上の方10名まで参加できます。 We love to have younger children in our class but we do require that at least one parent enrolls as well for children between 4 and 10.
Sunscreen, long sleeve shirt and camera. no heels please as we will be walking on the grass
The Gliderport has a good cafe and free parking. Bring camera and sunscreen. Please contact me via the "contact host" if your verification takes too long or you want to reschedule a booking.