Volunteer Mike P. training the peregrine to the lure (a padded leather prey with bits of meat secured to the lure. The peregrine learns to chase the lure for a food reward
CFBP is a leader in the field of free flight conditioning. This requires the skill of a general or master falconer, who utilizes the art of falconry to prepare the raptor for free flight. Raptors fitting the criteria for this program may be:
- Young raptors with no hunting experience
- Wing or leg injury needing further evaluation
- Vision issues
- Spinal injuries
The raptor is housed with the falconer during the training and conditioning period. This is a lengthy procedure and commitment from the falconer. All of this is accomplished with special permits granted to CFBP from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
The falcon learns to grab the lure and bring it to the ground. The balloon height is slowly raised up to 1500 feet to challenge the peregrine and condition the raptor for release.
a helium balloon with a long line lure attached to it. The
falcon learns to fly up to catch the lure.