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July President's Message

Saturday, July 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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July 1, 2017



Dear @@first_name@@,



We are still waiting on pins and needles to see whether or not the US Fish and Wildlife Service 

will be able to publish the much anticipated permit increase in the Federal Register in time for participating states to distribute those additional permits for the trapping season this fall.  NAFA staff and volunteers have taken every possible step to ensure that this happens as soon as possible, and now it’s simply a waiting game.  I’m sorry that I don’t have any more to tell you at this time.  For now, I’m simply monitoring the Federal Register each morning with fingers crossed.  



We are co-sponsoring the 2017 NAFA Eagle Falconry Meet & Workshop this fall.  This International Meet will be held in Rock Springs, Wyoming beginning Monday October 16 and running thru Saturday October 21. NAFA’s 

Co-sponsors currently include CorJo Wildlife Productions, The Falconry Fund, International Eagle Austringers Association, the CMA Fund, the Talon Trust, Mike’s Falconry, Expedition Art, G&B Ranch, Marshall Radio Telemetry, and the Wyoming Falconers Association.


Please share this information with friends, members, associates, etc.   Meet/Workshop invitees include livestock/woolgrower association members, USDA and USFWS personnel from western states, western state Game and Fish managers, falconers, raptor biologists, raptor rehabilitation professionals, Congressional staff, wind energy representatives, and eagle enthusiasts.  If you ever wanted to experience quality eagle falconry firsthand and get a complete picture of the regulatory Ferris wheel that has impacted eagles and eagle falconry for the last 40 years, this is your opportunity. The time in the field, along with a workshop and panel, has the potential to be a step forward and will include some key attendees.


We are soliciting additional sponsors to the Meet/Workshop, and we hope your group will join us.   Any sponsor who contributes $300 or more, will be included on the meet T-shirt as a sponsor. 

We are also soliciting items that can be raffled/auctioned on Tuesday evening, October 17.  These items do not have to be falconry related, as we are expecting a number of non-falconers at the banquet.  At the end of the Meet/Workshop, any net proceeds will be donated to The Falconry Fund, a non-profit organization established to support and protect the cultural heritage of falconry.  


On Tuesday evening, October 17, beginning at 7 pm, there is a banquet & auction with keynote speaker, Ms. Lauren McGough, Cultural Anthropologist and Executive Director for The Falconry Fund sharing her adventures with eagle falconry on four continents.  A half day workshop is planned for Wednesday October 18 beginning at 7:30 am, followed by lunch and hunting with eagles near Farson, Wyoming in the afternoon. There will be a panel discussion, with sponsorship from The Falconry Fund, Wednesday evening starting at 8 pm.  Marshall Radio Telemetry is planning to make a presentation Thursday evening and have a field demonstration on their latest technological advances with GPS based telemetry. Hunting continues every day thru Saturday.  There will be a pizza party and presentation by Dr. Vicki Joseph DVM on her experiences working with Golden Eagles scheduled for Friday evening, and a potential barbecue near Eden, Wyoming on Saturday evening.


For more information on the Meet and Workshop contact:

Joe Atkinson  (541) 473-2841  or Mike Barker (406) 581-0629


If you plan to attend, we recommend making hotel reservations prior to September 15 for the special rate of 90$ per night.  For more information on the Meet headquarters hotel and reservations contact the Best Western Outlaw Inn at (307) 362-6623.


All attendees, including sponsors and donors, must register for the Meet and Workshop. You do not have to be a NAFA member nor a falconer to register. You can register for the Meet and Workshop by going to this “NAFA” registration link for the Meet and Workshop -



There will be no need to send out ballots to the membership this summer.  Every year, five of the 10 positions on the board of Directors is up for grabs, (terms are 2 years, so that every other year, the same 5 positions come back around).  This year, there is only one person running for each position, so instead of going through the motions, and wasting NAFA time and money by sending out ballots, the following members will assume their positions on January 1st, 2018;  Director-at-Large Greg Thomas, North Pacific Director Clifford Kellogg, Southeastern Director Richard Shores, Northeastern Director Joe Kosakowski, and Central Director Robert Huber.  If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll note that only one of these names represents a change in NAFA leadership.  Don Roeber has chosen to step down from serving the board for many years as Central Director.  Don has been an exemplary board member, volunteering many hours to committee work and organizational guidance.  He is a genuine team player with an ability to “play well with others” and make decisions according to what is best for falconers and falconry and NAFA specifically, even when conflicts of opinion or personality are present.  He has done a lot of heavy lifting for NAFA, and has more than earned our thanks, and we will certainly miss his voice on the line, and his steady leadership and prudent judgement, but we look forward to welcoming Robert Huber to our team.  Robert has a long history of volunteering his time to NAFA, and will no doubt be a positive contributor to our team.  We all look forward to collaborating with him.  Welcome to the board Robert!  Thank you for stepping up!


NAFA Proudly Supports the IAF 



Your Board of Directors will meet via teleconference 

on July 20th. 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.


NAFA returns to the middle of the nation for the 8th time in 2017. We will gather again in Kearney, Nebraska. Game populations are good to excellent compared to years past.

Dates: 11/16/2017 -> 11/24/2017
Location: Kearney Holiday Inn
Cost: $89.95 per night
Must call: Direct to Hotel: (308) 237-5971

**Identify yourself as NAFA Meet participant. Third party, or reservations to any other Holiday Inn number will NOT receive the group rate.

Overflow: LaQuinta Inn: Again call Direct to hotel: (308) 237-4400 : LaQuinta is on the same property as Holiday Inn, same ownership.
**Identify yourself as NAFA Meet participant to get group rate.

Hotel is Open for Reservations!

Vendor Block of rooms held until September.

Information on meet registration through website, or on paper in August Hawk Chalk.

Meet Registration is OPEN -

For immediate questions phone Ralph Rogers, Meet Chair: @ 406 350 5487

Visit the Archives of Falconry and get caught up on all the news.


Want to remember a falconer by making a donation to the Wall of Remembrance?

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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.



Do us a favor, and find someone there who isn't a NAFA member.  Tell them about all the hard work NAFA has invested in a variety of initiatives to protect and perpetuate falconry around the continent.  Show them a copy of one our Hawk Chalk magazines - the best falconry publication currently available anywhere.  Ask them to join us.  Thank you.   


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In closing, I know that a lot of you are currently raising new imprints, or about to start investing time in new chamber birds, or hacked birds.  Enjoy the process.  Take some notes, take photos, share with those who are doing the same.  I hope that you find ways to completely enjoy the great outdoors as the calendar moves closer to autumn and the promise of another hunting season.  With two well-seasoned hawks in my mews pushing quickly through their molts, I’m already spending far too much of my work day fantasizing about hours afield with my hunting partners.  Life is rich and made more so by this natural history pursuit that we all love so much.  It’s gratifying to know that my fantasies around raptors and hunting are shared by so many like-minded people across the continent, and pleasing to think about how that shared passion ties us all together, even if we may not have much else in common.  Falconry is wonderful in that way.  We are all in this together.





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