Growing up in the National Seashore wilderness of Fire Island, Jonathan Wood's fascination with birds began early and lured him into the ancient sport of falconry, training his first falcon at age twelve.
He is currently the founder and president of Raptor Project, Inc., training and caring for the largest traveling collection of birds of prey in the world, with raptors from every habitat on the planet. Jonathan is one of the few professional master falconers in America. He personally delivers up to 800 lectures and large exhibits across the U.S. annually from the border to border affecting many millions of fans.
Mr. Wood is federally licensed Master Falconer, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Raptor Propagator and Game Bird Breeder and is also licensed to handle eagles and endangered species for educational programs.
Wood founded Wildlife Embassy Inc., a non profit corporation and also the Long Island Falconers Association. A silhouette of Jonathan flying a falcon is the logo for the North American Falconers Association.
Woods expertise has placed him in demand as a consultant to national zoos and he as worked on Hollywood movies, documentaries and books. He was chosen to be the leader in the famed annual procession of animals at New York's Cathedral of St. John Divine.
Recently he was recognized in Washington D.C. at Constitution Hall and became the recipient of the DAR National Conservation Medal.
Jonathan, his wife Susan and daughter Rachel live in the heart of New York's Catskill Mountains in a unique solar home he designed and built himself. The acres surrounding them contain a variety of facilities housing their amazing collection of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls.
Jonathan Wood is the inspiration for the character Jon Wood in the popular novel "Frightful's Mountain" by award winning author Jean Craighead George.
His frequent road tours take him to many major events, fairs and festivals as well as a variety of colleges, schools museums and wildlife centers. Along with his feathered friends he regularly highlighted on national television including ESPN, CBN, TBN, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel, The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Early Show.