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IAF eBulletin June 2017

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UNESCO Recognition Celebrated in Germany

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The Deutscher Falkenorden (DFO) and Orden Deutscher Falkoniere (ODF) have led celebrations to mark the recent addition of German falconry to the UNESCO representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

Almost 400 people attended the event at Schloss Fasanerie, in Eichenzell near Fulda, on 10 June.

The ICH submission, prepared jointly by three IAF member clubs - the DFO, ODF,  and Verband Deutscher Falkner (VDF) - was approved in December 2016.

DFO Chairman Hans-Albrecht Hewicker thanked all fellow campaigners, including the IAF, the Emirates Falconers’ Club, and a number of individuals. He especially thanked H.E. Majid Al Mansouri (IAF Vice President for the MENA Region) for the leadership of the UAE in the UNESCO submission.

Dr Brigitta Ringbeck, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, acting as coordinator of the Cultural Conventions of UNESCO, then handed over the certificate of recognition in front of an enthusiastic audience to the presidents of the three German falconry associations - Mr Hewicker, Ralf Karthäuser (ODF), and Torsten Hamberger, (VDF).

Mr Hewicker also thanked the two main people responsible for the organization of the festival, DFO Secretary Anke Bormann, and Mr Ulrich Goldbach, member of the State Falconry Association of Hesse. 

Guests received a tour of the castle and its many falconry-related artefacts, and in the evening were treated to a special reenactment of baroque horseback falconry by the Krischke family. A  buffet was followed by a party that many enjoyed well into the night.

View all the photos at the IAF Facebook page

Newletters and Journals

IAF 2017 Spring Newsletter

A reminder not to miss the beautifully produced IAF Newsletter. Now published via to make for easier reading and better interactivity on any device, this year's edition has been read by almost 2000 people.

Editor Hilary White has brought together a wonderful selection of stories and news from around the falconry world. Don't miss it.

International Journal of Falconry

The IAF's International Journal of Falconry is now available to pre-order at the special price of €7.80, which includes standard shipping.

This unmissable glossy publication will be published this summer with articles on hunting snipe in Ireland, merlin-hawking in the USA and UK, a piece by Baudouin Van den Abeele on ancient falconry manuscripts, and much more.

As always, National Delegates, Club Representatives, and Individual Subscribers will receive their copies automatically by post.

Vulture News from the IUCN

Recent editions of Vulture News, the journal of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group, are now available to download from the journal's website.

These will be of interest to anyone interested in bird of prey conservation in vulture range countries, including falconers, but topics go beyond conservation.

Kyrgyzstan AGM Date Change: 3-9 September

The IAF's annual Council of Delegates Meeting, in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, will now take place from 3-9 September 2017. The revised programme also includes more activities.

The dates of the meeting, and the Saker conference running alongside it, have been altered to avoid clashing with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Register here.

Support the IAF and Win a Nick Stanton Hood

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The IAF now accepts Individual Subscribers. This enables the recognition of donations made by individuals and corporations, and encourages talent and expertise from outside the membership. Subscribers receive the Journal and may be invited for a volunteer role within the IAF.

As a thank-you to those who support the IAF in this way, a prize draw will be held at the 2017 AGM in Kyrgyzstan, and among the prizes are two Nick Stanton (Macropus) hoods.

Individual Subscribers are entitled to attend the IAF AGM as observers, but you do not have to attend to be in with a chance to win. Become an Individual Subscriber by clicking the link below, and your name will be entered into the draw.

Individual Subscriptions begin from €30 per year, but persons or corporations wishing to support the IAF with a larger one-off donation can become a Life Subscriber, Sponsor, or Patron.

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