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Get ‘orni’ with it: We get the full birding experience by visiting Sudbury’s one and only falconry where you can have birds of prey flock to you

Did you know Sudbury has a falconry where you can interact with birds of prey? I didn’t, until a few days ago.

Two years ago, falconer Emily Wrenshall opened Talon and Bark falconry in the Chelmsford area after seeing a gap in the northern Ontario market.

“In southern Ontario everything tends to be closer, so it’s much more convenient for people to get to these places. [falconry centres]”Wrenshall said.” For us, if we wanted to get to these centers, we had to drive five (or) six hours down to near Toronto or even further. So I hope that in trying to develop a center hawks here, people will be able to experience this joy without the hours of driving associated with it.

Wrenshall has been a falconer for about six years now and she currently has four Birds of Prey in her practice. I have met them all, but I have become very good friends with one bird in particular.

The Harris Falcon I befriended is called “Komori”, a Japanese word for “bat” (the animal).

“He deserved it when I picked him up from the breeder. It hung on top of the roof fence and closed its wings, hanging upside down like a bat, ”Wrenshall said.

Wrenshall walked me through the process of safely interacting with birds of prey. She made me put on a thick leather glove and placed a piece of chicken on my hand. It didn’t take more than five seconds before Komori flew up and perched lightly on my arm.

I expected the bird to weigh more so I did some pressure on the shoulders the day before, in preparation for falconry (as if it would help with the condition of my arms). But it was surprisingly light, and the talons didn’t dig into my arm, either.

It was truly a surreal experience to see such a beautiful bird up close. I wanted to stroke Komori, but Wrenshall advised me otherwise. It was a fair call.

Talon and Bark Falconry not only offers falconry services, but also pest bird control and falconry training courses. Talon and Bark also offers bird of prey experience sessions to the public.

To find out about all of Talon and Bark’s services, visit the site here.

The Falconry is located at 3717 Regional Road 15, just between Chelmsford and Azilda.

If you live in the Greater Sudbury area, I highly recommend that you visit the Herd and Feather Farm. You can also read more about Talon and Bark Falconry in visit their Facebook page.


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