Falconry is the sport of hunting with the use of a trained bird of prey. This ancient sport dates back nearly 4,000 years ago. Greatly popular in Europe during medieval times, falconry was a favorite past time and a status symbol of the upper classes, and the practice maintained its popularity until somewhere around the French Revolution. Some famous falconers in history include Empress Catherine of Russian, Mary, Queen of Scots (proving that falconry was just as much a ladies sport as a man’s!), King Henry VIII, Pope Leo X and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.
Documentary night is turning into one of our most popular programs! Tonight we will enjoy the documentary, "Magic of the Snowy Owl" as filmmakers take us deep into the snowy owl's tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they are able to fly.
Please note that the film itself will begin at 7:30 sharp!
How many times have you looked out your window at a woodpecker and wondered to yourself, “How the heck do they do that without giving themselves a concussion?” Tonight, that question will be answered as HOBAS board member Brendan Fogarty discusses the natural history of this beautiful family of birds.
Attracting birds to your landscape requires an ecological approach - different species have different requirements. Learn the best landscaping techniques and native plants that provide the food, shelter and nesting sites, which these birds depend upon. The bonus is a beautiful landscape with a vastly improved ecosystem that benefits many living creatures.