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A Brief History of NAFA
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North American Falconers Association - NAFA

The North American Falconers Association was founded in 1961 to encourage the proper practice of the sport of falconry and the wise use and conservation of birds of prey.  From a handful of members in its early years, NAFA has grown to a membership of about 2000 members and is now one of the largest falconry organizations in the world. Though founded principally to represent the interests of North American falconers, NAFA gladly accepts members from all countries who share in our passion of birds of prey and falconry.

NAFA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The Board of Directors consists of Regional Directors, one representing each of eight geographical areas of North America. There are also two Directors at Large which represent the total membership. The Board of Directors appoints the President and the Vice President. The NAFA President appoints the other officers charged with the day to day operations of the club.

NAFA has been very involved with devising regulations on the federal and state levels in the USA that protect both the birds of prey that we use in the sport and the sport itself.  NAFA has worked with Canadian and Mexican falconry organizations to improve laws and regulations in those countries as well.  As a member of the International Association of Falconers NAFA has a voice in aiding our fellow falconers around the world.

Membership in NAFA is open to falconers and interested individuals who meet specific requirements. Those who are not residents of Canada, Mexico or the United States may join as Associate Members.

As a member of NAFA you will annually receive three “Hawk Chalk” publications and an annual “Journal”.  Theses publications contain a wealth of fine articles and photographs on the sport of falconry.  All members are invited to attend NAFA’s excellent annual field meet, held in November of each year.


The NAFA logo was designed by the late NAFA member and former NAFA Director, Byron Gardner of Oregon. Byron chose the colors of black, white, and gray because of their elegance and purity. He wanted a simple design so it would read well when reduced to letterhead size. The falcon is in gray (silver) to represent the gyrfalcon, as the highest pinnacle of the sport throughout history. The bird flies in an upward diagonal across the circle which is divided by black and white. The field of black and white is broken by an active line suggesting landscape dominated by a soaring mountain which suggests a falcon flying high.

- A special thank you to Peter Devers for this article -


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