Happy New Year to all North American Falconers.I hope that you’re enjoying a memorable and productive falconry season.Here in Maine, I’m looking at only 2 remaining months of hawking time, so I’m feeling like every day is precious and I’m trying to get out with my birds as much as possible.If you’ve not yet paid dues for 2017, now is the perfect time to do so.Additionally, if you’ve got any falconer friends that you’re spending time in the field with who are NOT members, encourage them to join us and tell them about all of the good work that NAFA continues to do on their behalf, including the big plans that I outlined in my December message to establish strong organizational foundations to protect and perpetuate falconry into the future.We continue to lead the way, and are proud to be serving the community at large.We would love to have the support of the entire population of North American Falconers.Remember that Apprentice level falconers can join for free!
At the start of a new calendar year, it seems appropriate to point out some of our affiliations.I’m often asked about what the falconry community has done to ensure the support of non-falconers if, or rather, when that support is needed.Members should know that we continue to maintain many long-standing relationships with like-minded organizations such as the American Wildlife Conservation Partners, the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, the Peregrine Fund, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, the North American Grouse Partnership, the British Falconers’ Club, the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, and the Archives of Falconry.Additionally, we are affiliated with the Falconry Fund, (which is a c3 organization) and would encourage any of you to take time out from reading this message to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Fund. http://www.falconryfund.org/
Your Board of Directors will meet via teleconference in three weeks. 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.
We’ve lost another long time NAFA Member and influential member of our community in the passing of Tom Maechtle.In addition to ensuring that Tom will be included on the Wall of Remembrance at the Archives, his closest hawking buddies have set up a fund to accept donations that will be put toward his daughter’s college education.Ireland is 17 years old and is in her first semester at the University of Southern Florida, studying business entrepreneurship.If you would like to contribute to the fund, please contact Mike Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org The following notification is from Mike;
“The Padre Island Survey must tearfully advise its friends and supporters of the untimely passing of Earthspan Director and founding member Tom Maechtle. A talented biologist and internationally known expert on peregrines, he directed the Padre Survey for many years. Tom was a key figure in most Earthspan projects for decades, working alongside us on peregrine projects in Greenland, Alaska, Mexico, South America andRussia. He authored or co-authored many scientific publications, built his highly successful Bighorn Environmental Consultants firm in Sheridan, WY, and still found time for a rewarding family life with daughter Ireland and wife Kathy. Tom was a brother and steadfast friend to us, and his importance in our lives and those of countless others cannot be measured. His health took a sudden and unexpected turn since visiting our Assateague Island survey in October, and we must now endure the incalculable personal and professional loss of this seminal figure in peregrine research. As Earthspan’s important projects continue, Tom’s influence and ethic and spirit will always be an integral part of them. Russia.
He authored or co-authored many scientific publications, built his highly successful Bighorn Environmental Consultants firm in Sheridan, WY, and still found time for a rewarding family life with daughter Ireland and wife Kathy. Tom was a brother and steadfast friend to us, and his importance in our lives and those of countless others cannot be measured. His health took a sudden and unexpected turn since visiting our Assateague Island survey in October, and we must now endure the incalculable personal and professional loss of this seminal figure in peregrine research. As Earthspan’s important projects continue, Tom’s influence and ethic and spirit will always be an integral part of them.”
Last year your 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.
Most of you probably recall the fairly recent transition to our current website.We’ve been very happy with it, and continue to feel that YourMembership.com offers an excellent service to organizations such as ours.As we continue to learn how to utilize the back end of our website management most effectively, we’ve found that there’s a need for an additional person to lend a hand with website administration.Fred Fogg and Sheldon Nicolle are currently responsible for nearly all of the website ins and outs, and I’d like to identify an additional NAFA member to assist them with those tasks.If you have expertise in this area, (and especially if you are familiar with YM.com) and would like to serve NAFA by volunteering some of your time, I’d love to hear from you.
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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