Raptor Hill Falconry
Raptor Hill Falconry
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Raptor Hill Falconry specializes in up close and personal falconry experiences / raptor encounters with our goal of creating lasting memories and newfound concern for raptors and all wildlife.
Stanley, Virginia

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Susan
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
If you ever need to remember what wonder feels like, arrange to spend an evening at Raptor Hill Falconry. I was there yesterday with my husband and two friends, and all four of us will cherish the time we spent with Jennifer and her amazing birds. Jennifer is deeply knowledgeable about falconry, as we learned during the first hour of our visit when she told us about the history of the sport; the differences between hawks, eagles, and owls, on the one hand, and falcons, on the other; and about her innovative training methods. And then she introduced us to Lily, who flew about her territory and came to rest repeatedly on our outstretched arms. The pictures Jennifer took caught the pure wonder on our faces as we watched at such close range a creature of great power and beauty. A visit to Raptor Hill is worth every cent you'll spend for an experience you'll never forget.
Written May 29, 2022
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Thank you for the very kind words. They mean a lot to me. So pleased you experienced "wonder". Thanks
Written June 25, 2022
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matthewdR3003TA
Annandale, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I bought my wife a gift certificate for Raptor Hill Falconry at the beginning of 2020 which we just cashed in for our visit in early September. Jennifer was very prompt in responding to questions via email before our visit. We had a great time learning about falconry and its history, the birds on the property (falcons and owl) and the current state of falconry and the falconry community in the US. Going as a couple allowed us to really interact with the birds in a way you wouldn't as part of a larger group or onsite at another attraction. We'll be back again. Just make sure that you book well in advance to get the date you want!
Written September 12, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time to write a review, it is very much appreciated. We do hope to see you again.
Written October 1, 2020
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Lisa V
Falls Church, VA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We received a gift certificate for this Christmas, 2019 and did not have a chance to book an event prior to the pandemic shutting most things down. We called and spoke with someone, who agreed to extend the expiration date on the certificate for one year. That was truly appreciated, as we know it did not have to be done.

We were finally able to book our private Falcon Experience event for June of 2021, and are we glad we did. Jennifer was very knowledgeable and willingly shared that knowledge with us during the "classroom" portion of the visit. (Something I initially dreaded, but I learned so much during it.) Jennifer also has a great personality and sense of humor, the latter being very important when interacting with my husband.

Being able to see the birds up close, then to have them fly to us, was exhilarating. Watching how much she cares for her birds, and seeing how they obviously trust her, was wonderful. Hearing how much time and effort it takes to get the birds to trust people, and understanding they are still wild animals made the fact they readily flew to our gloved hands that much more special.

After the visit, we received via email a wonderful slow motion video of her male bird (Bubba?) flying to both of us individually, then flying between us as we stood four feet apart. She also included a couple of snapshots with the bird sitting on our hads.

I cannot adequately express what a wonderful experience this was for us.
Written June 10, 2021
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So glad you were finally able to visit. Thank you for your kind words.
Written July 29, 2021
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Venture211825
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I booked the private owl experience for my husband and me and we were blown away. Jennifer is absolutely amazing and her love and passion for her birds truly shines through in the experience. The Owl Experience allows for a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the birds, and Jennifer's wealth of knowledge is unbelievable. As a lovely bonus touch, she even sent us pictures and videos from the day. I highly recommend it!
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you for your positive review! We are so glad you enjoyed our owls!
Written February 25, 2020
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je-m'amuse
Virginia1,040 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This was an incredible experience for our family and Jennifer was so welcoming and went above and beyond all expectations to ensure that everyone had a marvelous time. Our family had handled owls and eagles in the UK previously, but my Father (the kids' Grandad) had not. We all learned so much about these beautiful birds and Jennifer was very patient with all our questions. She gave us much more time with the birds than we've ever had before. Jennifer also is an excellent photographer and videographer and when we couldn't get good photos, she offered to take them all herself. And they were excellent. She even put together a video of our afternoon which was professional quality.

I highly recommend the 3 hour VIP Ultimate Experience as it was simply perfect. The animals clearly have a strong bond with Jennifer and will do what she requests which delighted all of us. We wouldn't hesitate to return.
Written December 30, 2020
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thank you so much for your kind review. I am glad everyone had a good time. Thank you.
Written January 15, 2021
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James G
Fairfax County, VA182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Jennifer and the birds were great. We did a private falcon and owl experience and it was well worth the drive and the money. Jennifer contacted us to let us know that it was supposed to rain that evening and we might not get to fly the falcon. We decided to go anyway as she would likely not be able to rebook us for months due to her busy schedule. My wife had a lot of questions and Jennifer knew all the answers. The birds were amazing and we learned so much about them. Lily the falcon and Aurora the owl are really cool and I would recommend this to anyone who will be in the area or is willing to drive from farther away.
Written August 1, 2022
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Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and recommending us
Written December 8, 2022
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DK E
Leesburg, VA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
What a fantastic experience! Cannot recommend highly enough, this would be a great adventure for every age. Jennifer not only has some beautiful birds, she spends time educating you about them and about falconry and its rich history. Lilly and Bubbles, the 2 Laner Falcons we met, were gorgeous and so much fun! You will love it - single, couples, families all will learn and have fun here.
Written August 21, 2020
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Wow, thank you so much for the review. I am so happy it was a great time for you.
Written August 29, 2020
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shannon b
Montclair, VA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Our family of 5 (two parents + three teens) had an amazing experience learning about falconry! Jennifer was a wonderful host and we found her to be very engaging and funny! It's obvious how much she loves her job, and great care is taken for her birds & beautiful property. We loved seeing some of the birds up close, and of course the highlight is getting to have a falcon land on your gloved arm. Highly recommend this experience!
Written February 20, 2022
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Thank you so much for the great review and we hope you come back for another visit sometime
Written April 10, 2022
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Emily M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The VIP package was of the coolest experiences we’ve ever had, made all the more so by Jennifer’s amazing breadth of knowledge on behavioral psych training methods, the history of falconry, the different raptor species, and a ton of other areas my family and I had nerdy questions about! She also played the role of videographer/photographer and all-around incredible host for us. I’m so glad we got to meet her and her birds!

The reservation and rescheduling process was made easy by Faye and Jennifer, as we were forced to deal with weather issues and Covid not once but three times on my end. They were kind and responsive when I contacted them, and were very understanding and worked with my schedule to make sure our visit got to happen.

I can’t recommend this experience enough, and I was pleased to find their Facebook page as well. If I could give this place 100 stars, I would!
Written August 17, 2022
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We are very happy to hear you had a good experience.
Written December 8, 2022
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Rebecca C
Greece. NY, United States10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The drive to this business is so beautiful. Jennifer greeted us promptly and introduced us to each of her birds before heading to the classroom to learb about the art of falconry. It was a completely private experience and very focused on the well ebing of the birds and our personal experience. We did the falconry plus owl package and was well worth it.
Written April 29, 2023
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