2010-06-11 / Community

RWA Meets The JFK Falcons

Falconer preparing raptor for flight. Right, Falcon wearing a hood to keep it from being distracted. Below, Students watch as raptor flies the airspace. Falconer preparing raptor for flight. Right, Falcon wearing a hood to keep it from being distracted. Below, Students watch as raptor flies the airspace. Last week students in RWA’s Environmentor Program took a trip to JFK airport to meet falconers who are part of Port Authority’s habitat management program. The falconers showed the students who made the trip to visit them at JFK airfield, how the raptors are used to deter other birds from entering the airspace at JFK airport. PANYNJ wildlife biologist Laura Francoeur, who oversees the program, was generous enough to invite the students to come learn about the program. Both parents and students were thrilled to see this exciting event and learn this humane way of managing the airport.

The elementary school students also witnessed the feeding of the birds, which makes them dependant on food from their trainers. The students were fortunate to get a behind the scenes look at the falconry program. Many of the parents who came to chaperone the trip were impressed by the efforts made by PANYNJ to manage the wetlands and native habitat along Jamaica Bay, while also keeping our airspace safe.

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