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International Falconry Academy

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15209 165th Rd L, Live Oak, FL 32060-6780
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Bill B wrote a review Dec 2020
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Kitty did an amazing job. My son Brando is now raptor hooked for life. What a fantastic experience and the birds took the experience to a whole new level. Six stars.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Melissa M wrote a review Jun 2020
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This was a great experience. The birds are beautifu'; each with his/her own personality. Kitty was very helpful and it was clear she was passionate about her life's work. This made the experience all the more enjoyable. We have 2 young children and it was a great experience for them as well.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Kathryn H wrote a review May 2020
Tampa, Florida1 contribution
I got the Full Day Experience for my Mom as a gift and I observed. Kitty is an Amazing woman! Her knowledge and passion for her birds is very evident, along with other environmental issues that pertain to them. We both walked away with more knowledge and a greater respect for these amazing animals. I highly recommend participating in this great program!
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Julie D wrote a review Apr 2020
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My husband and I recently visited Kitty Carroll and eight of her raptors at Hearthstone Gardens for half a day. As someone who has loved and appreciated falconry since first introduced, I was memorized by this experience. To see these animals up close and personal and get to do things absolutely hands-on was incredible. As an equestrian, I'd compare this experience to the difference between going on a nose-to-tail trail ride and and an up close lesson with a renowned trainer. You can ask all of the in depth questions that you may have and really get a sense for the birds. We often delight over glimpses of birds of prey at our farm and it's a rare treat to see one land close by for 30 seconds or less! To get 4 hours of time with them on the glove and flying around with you and even experience the difference in their personalities. We will be going back and would recommend this to anyone - it is a truly amazing experience and something you'll never forget.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Kairho1 wrote a review Dec 2019
Ocala, Florida1,048 contributions402 helpful votes
Spending the morning with 8 well trained raptors and their knowledgable trainer was an exhilarating experience. One to be remembered for years to come. One that almost makes me want to train for the activity (keyword almost!). On this chill autumn morning Harris hawks Copper, Mercedes, Pepper and Doc joined trainer Kitty Carroll and us on an hour's walk through Hearthstone Gardens. They flew free and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. They got their morning meal from us -- we donned protective gloves and held a small morsel of quail which they quickly spied and (initially very frightening) dove for us but then gracefully (usually) stuck a gentle landing. They responded to their individual names and at the end of the almost two hours of flight they obediently went back to their proper, personal, crate. We also got to hold (on the glove of course) a pair of barn owls, Newton and Athena, and even pet them (they loved the top of their heads scratched just like a dog or cat). Throughout, Kitty provided a running commentary which was fascinating. Overall a great experience which we would recommend to anyone.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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