The falconry demonstration, one of the highlights of Waybright Mountaineering Day, will perform for the Embassy of the Czech Republic

Jenningston, WV (WVDN) – When Martin, a Czech Republic diplomat from Washington, DC, visited the Laurel River Club Bed & Breakfast in Jenningston, West Virginia in the summer of 2021, he was impressed with a presentation from the Laurel Fork Falconer. Upon his return to DC, Martin shared how the presenter’s knowledge, passion for birds, and experience affected him. The Embassy of the Czech Republic then asked the presenter, Collin Waybright, Master Class Falconer and Director of the West Virginia Raptor Center, to participate in their Mountaineering Day 2022 event.

“I am very excited and honored to represent not only West Virginia, but the United States as well!” said Waybright. “I’m so lucky to have such a great opportunity.” Waybright will be demonstrating falconry as part of Mountaineering Day on Saturday, September 24, 2022. He will be bringing with him a Red-tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk and Barred Owl. “I hope to do an awesome presentation with these birds that have educated so many people about raptor ecology,” Waybright said. “I love watching the eyes light up when I take the birds out; I know people will look at birds of prey differently after each presentation.

Mountaineering Day is presented by the European Union National Institutes of Culture in Washington, DC (EUNIC DC), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Established in 2006, EUNIC is a network of European national institutes of culture and national organizations engaged in cultural and related activities beyond their national borders. EUNIC brings together organizations from all 27 EU Member States and adds value through its global network of 136 clusters. Mountaineering Day will feature mountaineering films, exhibits, products and demonstrations.

In addition to the Waybright demonstration, activities will include a climbing wall, a mapping and sustainability challenge, a dog presentation by expert trainer Marie Donahue, who works with German Shepherds from Czech bloodlines at Rodina Straze, a children’s corner and a folk band Orchestra Praževica. You can even try making a tasty trail mix and enjoy delicious ‘mountain cuisine’ with a demonstration by Italian chef Roberto Donna.

Mountaineering Day is part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2022 and is an annual initiative led by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, focusing on mutual inspirations between Czech and American cultures. The festival began as a pilot project of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in 2010 and expanded to the local DC community a year later. It serves as a platform to bring together communities centered in Washington, D.C.

For those interested in learning more about falconry, visit the Laurel River Club B&B in Jenningston, WV and schedule a Hawk Walk or watch a Birds of Prey demonstration. The Hawk Walk gives people the opportunity to walk side by side with a Master Class Falconer and see what they are really doing. “Each excursion is unique and exciting because it’s a learning experience that you can’t find anywhere. Collin has a heart for teaching, so this is an awesome opportunity for young and old alike,” said Marsha Waybright, Property Manager for the B&B.

For more information about a Hawk Walk or educational presentation or to book a stay at Laurel River Club B&B, visit www.lrcbnb.com or call (304) 402-7095.