Founded in 2010 by Robert Probst, "Wings Over Colorado" business includes but, is not limited to bird abatement and breeding of all birds of prey. We have locations servicing Colorado and surrounding areas.
Their Licensed falconers fly trained raptors over fields, farms, vineyards, landfills, airports, stadiums or any other areas with hazardous bird problems. Common hazardous situations range from damage to property of any kind, health risks, pollutants in water and air traffic concerns. Wings over Colorado uses their raptors to introduce a natural predator to the area causing the birds to recognize the location as an unsafe environment for them. Contrary to other methods for removing problem birds (which ranges from poisoning, intrusive noises and cut out animal silhouettes/scarecrows) bird abatement uses regular raptor flights over the area and has been considerably more successful than other methods.
For centuries man and falcons have been partners. As far back as 4000 years ago, man and falcon cooperated to the benefit of both.
Modern falconry is an extension of that long term relationship. Falconers across the United States of America are licensed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Fish and Game or the Department of Wildlife to handle and train these birds of prey.
Falconry is: "the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor". There are two traditional terms used to describe a person involved in falconry: A falconer flies a falcon; an austringer (German origin) flies a hawk (Accipiter and some buteos and similar) or an eagle (Aquila or similar). In modern falconry the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and the Harris hawk are often used. The words "hawking" and "hawker" have become used so much to mean petty traveling traders, that the terms "falconer" and "falconry" now apply to all use of trained birds of prey to catch game. In early English falconry literature, the word "falcon" referred to a female falcon only, while the word "hawk" or "hawke" referred to a female hawk only. A male hawk or falcon was referred to as a "tiercel" (sometimes spelled "tercel") as it was roughly one third less than the female in size. Many contemporary practitioners still use these words in their original meaning. The practice of hunting a trained falconry bird is also called "hawking" or "gamehawking".