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March President's Message

Thursday, March 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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March 1, 2018

Dear Member,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the remaining days of your falconry season, 'where applicable'.  For a lot of us our birds have been up for a while as we patiently await that first feather to drop. For most of us the Hunting Season has been replaced by Chore Season where we catch up on those honey-dos. 

On January 18th your Board of Directors, a few officers, and committee chairs, met to discuss a number of agenda items. It was our first Board meeting of 2018 and it reminded me just how lucky we are to have such a great team of dedicated and professional NAFA members moving our club forward in support of falconry, the falconry community, and the incredible raptors we employ. Without the help and guidance of a lot of people who volunteer behind the scenes, NAFA would be hard-pressed to accomplish most of what it does. 

Our Mission and Purpose is well defined and governs our efforts and actions as an organization. If you have ideas that "will aid, perpetuate, and further the welfare of falconry and the raptors we employ" reach out to your Regional Director, or one of our two Directors-at-Large, and let them know what NAFA can do to assist - they represent you and are your voice among NAFA Leadership. Remember, our next board meeting is scheduled for later this month, on March 22. If you have ideas or comments, let your Director know.

During the board meeting, we heard a couple proposals and several very informative updates. As has been reported in the past, the Eagle Committee has been very busy and continues to work with the USFWS and state agencies to expand access to eagles for US falconers. These are exciting times and Carter Wilford and his team have definitely made some huge strides and are very close to success. Carter and Eagle Committee member Steve Berg just returned from another trip to Washington DC. Initial reports indicate things are moving forward and big news is on the horizon. In the coming days and weeks I hope to share what they’ve been working on, what they've accomplished, and how each one of us can help move their efforts forward to a successful conclusion.

Corey Roelke, the new NAFA Future Meets Chairman, presented some early survey results from the 2017 NAFA Field Meet in Kearney and then we discussed other exciting plans that are ongoing that includes a Canadian Regional Meet, the 60th Anniversary Saskatchewan Falconry Association Field Meet. We also discussed an expansion of the regional meet concept, and increasing the host city rotation for future NAFA Field Meets - returning to Utah and/or South Dakota are two possibilities leading the list. We also received an update on planning for the 2018 NAFA Field Meet scheduled for December 2-7 in Lubbock. NAFA is assisting with and supporting field meets where we can and whenever we can. If you need help, ideas, or guidance with a meet, please let us know, we are here to help.

Breaking news, the Eagle Meet Registration is open! As this field meet season begins to wind down plans are already well underway for next season. The 2018 Eagle Falconry Meet committee is already hard at work planning their next event. Meet chairman, Mike Barker asked me to remind everyone to mark your calendars for Monday, October 8 thru Saturday, October 13 and start making your travel plans to be in Rock Springs, Wyoming. I attended last year's Eagle Falconry Meet, and had a great time - great falconry, great location, plenty of game, great camaraderie, great presentations, and great hotel. Ask anyone who attended, and they will tell you about the great time they had in Wyoming. I have every reason to believe the organizing committee for this year's Eagle Falconry Meet will outdo themselves. I look forward to seeing many old friends and making new friends at the 2018 Eagle Falconry Meet this coming October. As mentioned previously, Meet Registration is OPEN, click HERE or got to to see more information about the meet or to register now!

Another quick reminder, it is renewal time! If you have not renewed your membership, now is perfect time to do so. The April Hawk Chalk is already at the printers, so for those of you who love to read the publications, you haven't missed any, yet. Be sure to renew soon so you 

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This is something I truly believe and I think it helps make NAFA the great club that it is.... It's also what makes our community strong....

"As individuals, our differences make us stronger, but falconry is what unites us! Falconry makes us family!"

Thank you all for your continued support!



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11th Annual Spring Rendezvous -- The annual gathering at The Archives of Falconry includes an open house the evening of April 6 hosted by the Idaho Falconers Association. Tours of the World Center for Birds of Prey are available beginning at 10 a.m. April 7, and the ceremony for adding inductees to the Wall of Remembrance begins at noon. Celebration dinner at 5:30, with guest speakers Rick Watson and Steve Chindgren. Click HERE for more nformation.

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Melvin (Mel) Dennis - On 15 December 2017 Mel Dennis passed away at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Windsor. Mel was 78 years of age and had not enjoyed good health for sometime and especially in the last six months of his life. About 20 years ago I asked Mel to sponsor me and he agreed to do so. Between Mel and Gary Buchanan, they got me going and I’ve never looked back. I was very lucky indeed.

Mel loved falconry and the birds of falconry, all of them, wild, captive bred, imprints, passagers and haggards and he had a particular fondness for Harris’ Hawks. In 2005 a pair of Cooper’s Hawks nested in his backyard and he loved to watch them and kept a log of their activities.

Mel was a longtime member of NAFA (1980) and of the Ontario Hawking Club and even though his health prevented him from participating in active falconry, he was still happy to be involved. I’m glad that Mel is not suffering anymore although it seems strange to me that he is not around and won’t be chatting with me about the hawks he loved.

Rest in peace Melvin. - Steve Dickson

Gene Johnson - Artist, Craftsman, Falconer, Actor, Naturalist, Author, Patriot, Hunter & Fisherman. Beloved Husband and Friend. December 4, 1947 - January 12, 2018. Art is that which is made by man and is beautiful - Sir John Simoni, Ph.D.

A man who works with his hands is a laborer. A man who works with his head and his hands is a craftsman. A man who works with his heart and his head and his hands is an artist.--Louis Nizer

Every man is my brother in that I may learn from him.-- the Buddha

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the securty of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.--Amendment !! - U.S. Constitution of the United States of America

Karen Cottrell - It is with great sadness that we recognize the passing of longtime falconer and member of the OFA, Karen Cottrell. She passed away on January 31. Karen and Larry Cottrell have been active falconers for over half a century, and specifically here in the Oregon falconry community Karen helped shape the OFA. Karen served as an officer for the OFA in several different roles. She served as President in 1993-1994 and continued to serve the club as Secretary for 3 terms (1995-1996, 1997-1998, 1999-2000). More recently Karen served on the Board as Eastern Director for two terms, spanning 2011-2014. During that tenure she worked on many initiatives including updating the constitution and by-laws and chairing meets. For Karen's many decades of dedication and service to the club, she was awarded a Honorary Lifetime Membership to OFA. Karen and Larry also preserved the first 20 years of OFA history for members to enjoy.

There will be no formal service. Larry shared in his blog the following, “For those that knew and loved her, I thank you for being in her life. It was much richer because of you.” The Oregon falconry community is much richer for Karen having been a part of it. She will be missed.


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 North American Falconers Association Mission and Purpose 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.


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NAFA Testimonial - Patrick Miller

When I first started in falconry several years ago as a wide-eyed young falconer, my sponsor, Jack Hubley, told me that I must join our state club as well as NAFA. He explained to me the importance of clubs and organizations and all of the benefits that were offered toward falconers. Fast forward many years and I am now the president of the PA Falconry and Hawk Trust, I can say that a well-run organization is vital to ensuring the rights of all those involved in this amazing sport.

My first experience with NAFA was during the first Northeast Regional Meet in Centerville, PA back in 2013. I met so many incredible falconers and watched many amazing birds hunt. I was able to start many friendships with individuals in other states because of this. In 2016 I attended the NAFA meet in Elk City, OK and was blown away. I can honestly say that I have never felt more welcomed and included into a group. Falconry is a sport that connects one and all. It does not matter what town, state, country or continent you live on, we all speak one language and that is falconry. I was able to connect with falconers from other countries and show them how we hunt in the states. To me, it was not just about the hunting but the community of it all. I have watched friends interact with and visit other countries all thanks to our connection in NAFA and the bridges they have built. There is strength in numbers and NAFA has shown that time and time again. They are constantly doing everything they can to assist falconers in every way imaginable. I have turned to several of its board members many times looking for advice on how to handle different issues. They graciously offered up the club’s legal counsel to ensure that the members of our state received the help they needed. I know I can continue to turn to others within the organization and the board for help so I will continue to support NAFA both as an individual and as our state club. To me, there is nothing more important than the unity that this organization provides.

Patrick Miller
Pennsylvania Falconry and Hawk Trust

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