- About Falconry
- About NAFA
Welcome to the North American Falconers Association (NAFA) official web site.
NAFA has provided the leadership for falconry in North America since its inception in 1961. NAFA leadership and committee members work tirelessly to fulfill our mission and purpose which is “to improve, aid, and encourage competency in the art and practice of falconry among interested persons; to provide communication among and to disseminate information to interested Members; to promote scientific study of the raptorial species, their care, welfare and training; to promote conservation of the birds of prey and an appreciation of their value in nature and in wildlife conservation programs; to urge recognition of falconry as a legal field sport; and, to establish traditions which will aid, perpetuate, and further the welfare of falconry and the raptors it employs.”
In addition to being the voice for falconry in North America, NAFA has been and continues to be a world leader for falconry. As an affiliated member of the International Association for Falconry, NAFA has the opportunity to assist falconers around the globe and does so with information, fellowship and leadership.
NAFA, as an organization and our members individually, have played significant roles in some tremendous achievements including the recovery of the peregrine falcon from the brink of extinction in North America. NAFA has worked hard to insure fair and equitable regulations governing falconry are in place and we continue to work with state and federal agencies to make those regulations even better and more liberal for all falconers. There are still many things to be accomplished in areas such as improving and supporting habitat conservation, seeking bans on environmentally harmful pesticides and products and maintaining good populations of legal quarry.
If you are a falconer but not currently a NAFA member, someone seriously interested in the continued existence and welfare of falconry, or you are about to enter the sport for the first time, I urge you to apply for membership in NAFA. When you join NAFA you become part of a large family. A family of responsible, ethical licensed falconers and we need your support as we continue to grow and support the pursuit of our shared passion. Joining NAFA will enhance your learning opportunities and experiences while strengthening the art and sport of falconry. If you are already a NAFA Member thank you for your continued commitment and you already know about the exciting times at a NAFA Meet, the information shared in the Hawk Chalks and the Journals, and the value of networking with falconers from all walks of life.
Speaking of meets, make plans to attend a NAFA field meet this year. You will have great opportunities to fly your birds, meet new people, and renew old friendships. The fellowship shared at a meet is second to none. If you have never attended a NAFA field meet, make plans to bring the family. You will not regret it.
Falconry can be an exhilarating and fulfilling pursuit but it requires dedication and commitment by all practitioners and our supporters to work hard for the raptors falconry employs and to the art itself. For more information about NAFA or the sport, please contact our Officers and Board Members.Sincerely,
North American Falconers Association
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