Folks, Falconer Flock To Banner Days


June 6, 2019

Daria Anderson-Faden/The Observer

John-Robert and Mesa Faden rode their pony cart through the Historical Days parade. The cart was pulled by Sargent.

Banner County people flocked to see and hear Richard Brown speak about his past career -- he is a retired falconer. According to Brown, "Falconry is the taking of wild game with a trained raptor. It can be a falcon, a hawk, an eagle or some other bird."

Mr. Brown has worked airports, blueberry crops, and grape crops with his falcons for the past fifteen years. The falcon keeps starling and pests off the crops or off of the airport runways. But now Mr. Brown said "it has just become a passion again. And it is something I will probably do forever." He has been a falconer for 40 years.


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