Westridge Gets to Know 

Its Very Own Falconer  

Xochitl M. - The Falconer
Video created by Gracie S. and Olivia Q.
By Gracie S. & Olivia Q. 
December 17, 2018

Xochitl M., a 9th grader and coder enthusiast, has captured a hawk.

Yes, you did just read those words right.

You’re not crazy, or maybe you are...

Regardless, Xochitl M. has captured A HAWK.

A baby red-tailed hawk in fact, with brilliant feathers and beguiling eyes. Xochitl caught this majestic creature through using the methodology of the ancient art known as falconry. A novice falconer, also known as an “apprentice,” Xochitl  M. has recently earned her falconry license with the help of her sponsor. Falconry is a strenuous and expensive task. According to the North American Falconers Association, “Becoming a master falconer takes at least seven years; finishing your apprenticeship alone will take at least two.” The bird, in question, requires attention every day, 365 days a year, and is quite expensive to take care of. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the cost of a falconry license is $84.20 for any person older than 12 years old with a hunting license. Obtaining this license takes an ample amount of time, one must take a written falconry exam and acquire the appropriate signatures. After earning their license, an apprentice must consider the substantial cost of caring for a hawk. One must be able to afford  “food, shelter, equipment, veterinary costs, permits and fees, and travel,” as well as to be able to provide appropriate housing and equipment which is required by federal law.

For most, falconry would be daunting and even unimaginable to achieve, but Xochitl is up to the task. She has everything required to be a successful falconer; a hawk, housing, equipment, licenses and permits, and last but not least; fresh, raw, rabbit meat. This won’t be hawkward at all...