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This weekend the falconers of the Upper Hudson Valley host not only to their colleagues, but also a broader community that they interact with daily. This weekend long “meet” serves as a celebration of falconry and the region that boasts some of the best landscapes one could hope for while endeavoring in such a pursuit.

The  Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Falconry Meet starts today and runs through Sunday.

We are joined by Leigh Foster, Master Falconer; Jeremy Chamberlain, General Falconer; and Jenna Woginrich, Apprentice Falconer.

For more information email Leigh Foster: lfoster5191@gmail.com.

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is a nonprofit land trust working to conserve critical habitat for New York’s endangered Short-eared Owls and other threatened and at risk grassland birds. 

On May 13th and 14th Friends of the IBA will host Winter Raptor Fest 2017 where attendees can see exciting live bird of prey programs and “free-flight” demos starring majestic raptors; learn about endangered Short-eared Owls, threatened Northern Harriers and many other owls, hawks and falcons; and meet the raptors up close in the Exhibitor Barn where you can take pictures and talk to the educators.

Here to tell us more are Director and Founder of Friends of the IBA, Laurie LaFond; Director of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York, Trish Marki; and Friend of the IBA board member and Raptor Fest organizer, Ron Renoni. 

  When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk.

It’s the birding show on this edition of Vox Pop, with bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.