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This man fulfilled his childhood dream by opening up his own falconry school


This man fulfilled his childhood dream by opening up his own falconry school

When Joe Dorrian was a child he wanted to have a falcon. Decades later, he would finally achieve his childhood dream, becoming a falconer himself and then eventually opening his own falconry school: The Ohio School of Falconry.

I was 12 years old and I would walk around, carry a leather glove and whistle just in case I ran into a falconer's escaped bird.
Joe Dorrian

His falcon obsession started in school when his teachers made the class read a book called "My Side of the Mountain", by Jean Craighead George.

Now, Dorrian teaches leadership and team building with his birds of prey at his school on the far north side of Columbus.

Joe says handling such birds can teach people about trust and temper.

The Walk with Hawks Adventure with Ohio School of Falconry

"There's an old saying in falconry: 'One bird, One wife. Two birds, No wife. Three birds, No life.' And at the school we have five or six birds right now, and we are getting three or four more the summer," he said. "So, [my wife] is indeed a saint."

Summer class registrations are quickly filling up. 

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birds of prey

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