We have been in constant contact with the USFWS awaiting an official status and ETA for the site to be fully functional. At this time, the Service does not have an ETA. As soon as NAFA gets an official response, we will let members know.
Speaking of 3-186A forms,trapping season is upon us! Have fun out there, and good luck getting your hands on the new hawk or falcon of your dreams. Consider capturing the trapping experience in photos and sharing an image or two with us for use in a future NAFA publication, and please remember that if you interact with any members of the public while trying to trap a bird, the impression you leave them with is one that reflects upon each and every one of your brothers and sisters in falconry. Thank you all for being such good stewards of our cultural heritage
A reminder that the December Hawk Chalk deadline for ads, club reports, and feature submissions is October 31st. (Deadline for the Journal is October 1st) Mr. Milner and the members of our Editorial Advisory Committee are always eager to receive quality submissions.
Your Board of Directors will meet via teleconference on September 22nd. Contact your Regional Director or one of the Directors-at-Large for more information on what will appear on the agenda, and to express any concerns or opinions that you may have.
August 14th was the 100th birthday of John Craighead, the legendary wildlife biologist, and Honorary member of NAFA. John and his brother Frank are also listed as NAFA-TAF Heritage Award winners on our list of Honored Members. If you’ve never read the book “Hawks in the Hand” written by the Craighead brothers, and originally published in 1939, do yourself a favor and find a recent reprint of it. It’s a falconry classic, and served as inspiration for many members of the early generations of falconers on this continent. So much could be said of John and his deceased brother Frank, but for now, we simply want to publically congratulate John on becoming a “Centenarian” and thank him for being such a powerfully inspirational member of our community.
During our last teleconference, the Board of Directors approved distribution of complimentary associate memberships for Apprentice-class falconers. If you are sponsoring an apprentice who would benefit from this offer, have them contact a NAFA Director with proof of their permit in hand.
On the 13th of August, Dr. Heinz Meng passed away. NAFA mourns the loss of one of our Honorary Members; Dr. Heinz Meng passed away yesterday, and many of us are deeply saddened by the news. Dr. Meng was an absolute icon of his generation, and an inspiration, mentor, teacher, and role model to so many of us. He was a Professor, ornithologist, falconer, naturalist, and more. I think that NAFA member M. Alan Jenkins said it best when he stated that "The falconers Dr. Meng touched in his life will be his legacy," and there were indeed many of us. It was remarkable to wake up this morning and see all of the photos that had been posted by falconers all over the country, sharing memories of days afield with Heinz. He is certainly remembered for the very significant and important work that he accomplished to the great benefit of peregrine falcons as a species and indeed raptor propagation as a whole, but our community remembers him as a past Director and member of NAFA leadership who always had a big smile to share with fellow falconers, and a humble way of passing along his vast knowledge of raptors. As stated by one of our mutual friends, Hank Minor, "All of us falconers owe Heinz an unrepayable debt of gratitude. Godspeed." Heinz was the very first falconer I ever met, and I will always have him to thank for introducing me to this fine community of conservation-minded sportsmen and women.
The molt is well under way and it’s the time of year to be making plans to attend the 2016 NAFA Field Meet! This year’s meet will be hosted in Elk City, Oklahoma. On the western side of the Sooner State, Elk City is conveniently located between Oklahoma City and Amarillo on I40 and the historic Route 66. Briefly named Busch, Oklahoma, in a failed attempt to attract a beer brewery, Elk City has been a cattle hub since 1901. Visitors can "get their kicks" at a variety of museums including the National Route 66 Museum, Old Town Complex, and the one-of-a-kind Transportation Museum.
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Western Oklahoma is well known for providing hunters with a variety of game, and Elk City is one of Oklahoma’s true western communities. A day in the field could provide you with the chance to fly cottontails, jack rabbits, quail, and ducks in wide open skies.
Things are rolling for this year’s meet and Oklahomans are excited to host falconers from across the country and around the world this November. Remember, registration is NOW OPEN via the NAFA website.
Go to the field meet Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/2016NAFAMeet, and "Like" us to receive all the latest updates about the 2016 meet, and please share/invite all your falconry friends.
Mark your calendars, the 2017 AHA/NAFA Regional Field Meet is scheduled for Feburary 23-26, 2017. The Alabama Hawking Association has graciously offered to host NAFA members in the heart of the Alabama Black Belt of Camden, Alabama this coming winter. Stay tuned for more information from Meet Chair Michael Moore on the meet and make sure to check the NAFA Facebook page for a link to the 2017 Regional Meet Facebook page at:
Finally, please remember that NAFA is always here to protect and perpetuate falconry as an intangible cultural heritage. If you become aware of anything in your state or province that could potentially impact the way that we are able to practice our art and culture, please do not hesitate to contact members of NAFA leadership. Do not assume that we have already been made aware of the issue. We would rather hear about something several dozen times than risk not noticing it at all.
Thank you all for your support, and for helping us adhere to the initiatives outlined in our mission statement and bylaws.
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