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Sky Falconry

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Alpine, CA, USA
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About Sky Falconry
Free fly a trained bird of prey! Sky Falconry, located in the beautiful San Diego mountains just 30 miles from the coast, offers a full range of falconry classes and services. We invite you to experience having a trained bird of prey come to your glove and learn about one of the world's oldest hunting traditions, raptor biology and conservation. A bucket list must!
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Christy M wrote a review Dec 2020
Huntington Beach, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
It's been almost a week since my family and I visited Sky Falconry for a Private Raptor Experience with Denise and Kirk, and I am STILL on Cloud 9 from that day. I had purchased the event as a wedding anniversary gift to my husband, and it may have been one of the best gifts I could've given my family. From start to finish, the experience was magical. The drive through the mountains to their ranch was scenic, the facility was tranquil, the birds were majestic, and Denise and Kirk were so knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming, patient and just pure awesome. Not only did we learn a lot about hawks and falcons, but we gained an even greater respect and appreciation for them by being so close and experiencing them in flight. It's hard to put into words the feeling you get from watching these birds fly and land on your glove. It's definitely a once in a lifetime kind of thing that as one reviewer has said, "it's the Bucket List item you didn't know you needed." We loved the passion and care Denise and Kirk have for their birds. The chemistry between each other and the birds is remarkable and creates such a positive vibe that makes you feel almost zen. As a side note, we visited during Covid-19, and they have done a phenomenal job of creating a VERY safe and sanitary venue. I highly recommend treating you and/or your family to a Sky Falconry event. You will NOT be disappointed. Thank you guys!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Tony R wrote a review Nov 2020
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This was an ABSOLUTE AMAZING, BREATHTAKING, EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE!!!! Honestly words can’t describe our day with Shanti, a BEAUTIFUL Harris Hawk. We did the Private Hawk walk with Denise & Kirk last week, they were very educational, and you could feel and sense the passion and love they had for Falconry. The way they interacted and cared for Shanti was so genuine and caring. The walk was excellent, very scenic and almost zenful like, it wasn’t rushed and didn’t feel like a tour. Felt like we were out and about with some friends and this AMAZING HAWK..... obviously that’s the whole reason your there right!!! Interacting (there was a lot) with Shanti was honestly one of the most amazing things we’ve done, ever! Again, words can’t describe it, but we will be back for sure. If your debating, stop and book right away. Seriously. Thanks again Denise, Kirk and more importantly Shanti!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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sandy s wrote a review Oct 2020
Orange County, California16 contributions8 helpful votes
If hanging out and interacting with hawks and falcons appeals to you,you owe it to yourself to go to Sky Falconry. Denise and Kirk are engaging and highly knowledgeable . From the moment you arrive you can feel their enthusiasm for their craft .within the hour you are interacting ,having Harris Hawks and Lanner Falcons landing on your arm! An amazing venue is the backdrop to watch and learn about these amazing animals!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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MatinicusRock wrote a review Oct 2020
Pasadena, California187 contributions110 helpful votes
What an incredible experience. Kirk and Denise are outliers in Falconry, and are incredibly enthusiastic about their work and sharing their knowledge with others. I cannot tell you how inspiring it is to listen to them talk about the different birds of prey, and how much our family learned as a result. We bought the private raptor experience, which started at 1:30 and ended around 4pm. We got to "fly" a Harris Hawk and a Lanner Falcon, both vastly different and fascinating, and we had the whole place to ourselves. There's something so empowering about a bird of prey sitting on your gloved hand, and that is what you get to do here, multiple times with multiple raptors - it was so very satisfying! One note of caution - getting there is part of the adventure! Their property is gorgeous - high in the mountains with awe-inspiring views. But the road to the property is NO JOKE. Absolutely you need a vehicle with high clearance to get in! We will definitely be back - Denise and Kirk, thank you for an unforgettable experience!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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NancySD wrote a review Oct 2020
San Diego, California8 contributions1 helpful vote
Our goal was to divert our two teenage grandsons' attention from video games and explore nature. We had been to the SD zoo with them on several occasions, but we needed to up our game with something both exotic and intriguing. We heard about Sky Falconry from a story they did on KPBS radio and decided to give them a try. After showing up with the boys at 8 a.m. for the Hawk Walk, we had no idea of what to expect. That was a good thing, as both young and old were surprised and delighted by what we saw over the next hour and a half. Denise and Kirk are passionate falconers, and shared their wealth of knowledge with dazzling detail and personality. The Harris Hawk performed awesome acrobatic flights and all we had to do was assume the correct position and hold our gloved arm up to have the magnificent bird land about a foot from our faces. And we each got several close encounters with Heyduke! Denise ended our experience with a plea for respect for these awesome birds of prey by explaining how humans can help ensure their survival. The morning was exceptional and is already a treasured memory.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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