LVSCI is excited to have Tim Kosakowski as our special guest at November’s Dinner. Tim is a general class falconer in New Jersey and has been fortunate to fly many different birds of prey since 2019. Raptors can only be held under specific permitting and Tim is licensed to possess and handle live birds of prey according to the rules and regulations set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Falconry is one of the oldest forms of hunting, and its origins can be traced back over 4,000 years. The exact timeline is difficult to determine, but falconry is believed to have originated in Central Asia, China, or Mesopotamia around 2000 BC or even earlier. It then spread to various parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and eventually other continents.
Falconry was practiced by different cultures and societies, including the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was highly regarded as a noble pursuit in medieval Europe and the Islamic world. The techniques and traditions of falconry have been passed down through generations, making it a culturally rich and enduring practice. Today, falconry is still practiced in many countries and is recognized as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Tim has been an avid hunter and fisherman since a young age. He works for a private company as a wildlife control specialist and utilizes the raptors to mitigate problematic species. Tim enjoys demonstrating and educating people about falconry and conservation.
Tim will bring along a couple birds with him to admire and help in the falconry presentation and discussion.