Paul Beecroft is employed by the Thames Valley England Police as a Coroner’s Officer.
Just over two weeks ago I left the UK and travelled to Boise, Idaho and spent 4 days at the Archives of Falconry. For those of you that are not aware (probably most) I am a Falconer and have been for many years. I have an avid interest in Falconry history and I am the UK Research Associate for the Archives. In simple terms the Archives is a Museum.
It was founded in 1986 by the Peregrine Fund and is located at The Fund’s World Centre for Birds of Prey. The Archives owes it existence to Lt. Col. S. Kent Carnie, an American Falconer who started it from a very small office at the Peregrine Fund and over the years it has expanded to become what it is today. The goal of the Archives is to collect evidence and the history of falconry worldwide and document the falconer’s role in raptor conservation.
The Archives’ collections include valuable paintings, books, and artifacts related to falconry from around the world. Historical materials date from 1495 and include collections from every nation where falconry is practiced. International scholars and researchers regularly make use of the Archives, which is the only one of its kind in the world.
Display of falconry hoods
Arab Falconry Wing
Snake River Canyon
The Archives is open to the public so if you are ever in the area do pay it a visit. You can be assured of a warm welcome.
“I see dead people.”