American Hawkeye

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American Hawkeye is ready to share the world of falconry with you and your family, friends or event!  Jonathan Clarkson is a skilled falconer and has worked many years with his birds to train them to hunt and perform for audiences.  However, American Hawkeye offers a wide variety of services in addition to public shows. 

American Hawkeye offers educational and exciting raptor demonstrations.  All ages will enjoy hearing the background of the art of falconry, a sport which thrived in the courts of kings and pharaohs for thousands of year.  Live flight demonstrations include lectures that focus on the biology, natural history, conservation and history.  These demonstrations are great for camps, birthday parties, corporate events, company parties, church groups, scouts, private parties and more!

Dream about training with these beautiful birds?  American Hawkeye offers Falconry School as well!  From Half Day to Full Day to Owl Encounters or Team Building experiences, there is a wide range of ways you can get up close and personal with birds of prey!  There are several things you should know before you decide to do this and both the School of Falconry brochure and info about becoming a falconer can be found on the website

Getting married this year?  How about having a hawk deliver the rings to you? 

Are you a hunter?  How about going out on a guided trip with trained dogs and one of the Falcons for a hunting experience unlike any other offered.  See how raptors hunt prey in the wild and learn how our ancient ancestors developed one of the world's oldest sports.  Want to see some of the birds in the wild, but not aren't a hunter?  Take a "Hawk Walk".  This is a guided nature hikes accompanied by one of the raptors as they follow through some of Western New York's beautiful countyside. 

If you have nuisance birds causing damage to your crops or properties, give Jon a call!  His trained raptors will come out and scare the birds away as prey animals have an innate fear of aeiral predators.  With a goal to chase away, not kill this method is ecofriendly, causing no damage to the environment or infrastructures.  And it is more effective than air cannons, strove lights, scare crows, shotguns or poison!

Call to schedule your walk or hunt or to have the birds come to you! 

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American Hawkeye
8925 Rt. 240
West Valley, NY 14171
United States
Phone: 716 949-9221
42° 23' 16.656" N, 78° 36' 27.0072" W

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  • Parking: Yes
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  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
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  • Bicycle Trail Access: Unknown
  • Hiking Trail Access: Yes
  • Mountain Biking Trail Access: Unknown
  • Snowmobile Trail Access: Unknown

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

Read more about Steelhead/Rainbow fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek

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