Falconry and the Medieval World at APL

by | May 7, 2019

Falconry is the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey. It is also the demanding art of training a predatory bird that is by nature wary of people to hunt cooperatively with a human partner. While the sport has a 4,000-year history, its glory days were
indisputably the medieval period. Falconry was then a court sport in England and France, and the most desired birds were the legal property of the nobility.

Paintings from the medieval period show gorgeously attired ladies and gentlemen riding forthfor a day of hunting, hooded falcons on their embroidered gloves. While this presentation centers around live birds used in falconry, it is not a flight demonstration but a history-rich look at an ancient sport. Focusing on the medieval period, it explains the characteristics of the birds of prey used; how the sport reflected the lifestyle of the time; and the historical reasons behind falconry’s rise and fall.

Wingmasters™ is a partnership of two licensed raptor rehabilitators, Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks, who care for injured birds of prey. Most of the birds they rehabilitate can ultimately be released back into the wild, but in some cases release is not possible. Those birds remain in their care and are used for educational programs.  Since 1994 Wingmasters has presented over 5000 programs throughout New England. The birds shown above will be used for educational purposes during this program.

This program is intended for an adult audience. However, several spots are reserved for children, who must be at least age 8 and accompanied by an adult over age 18. Registration is required. Register online, or call or visit the Library.

Please use this separate registration link for children.

Please Note: This program will be held after our regular operating hours. Check-in is from 5:30 – 5:55 pm. The Library closes at 6:00pm. Late arrivals will not be allowed access to the building. 

This program was funded from the Norma Card Trust | Photos from https://www.allaboutbirds.org.

Auburn Public Library | 369 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA | 508.832.7790 | Dr. Jean E. Collins, Director