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  • 10 Aug 2017 9:22 PM | Mark White (Administrator)

    http://greatlakesfalconers.org/event-2608009

    All falconers and guests are welcome. Come and enjoy good friends and a great BBQ. The Rookery has a boat launch and you are welcome to bring your small boat, canoe or kayak. Dogs are allowed only if on leash. All food and soda supplied by GLFA. Since we did not have a game dinner this year we will be having our annual RAFFLE at this event. IF you have something to donate to the raffle please indicate with your registration. This is a free event. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event. We will update this notification as more info is available


  • 03 Jun 2016 10:37 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    I work downtown Chicago and had a very interesting day yesterday. When I was leaving work I noticed a small crowd outside of my building. I went over to investigate and there was a juvenile tiercel peregrine sitting on the sidewalk. Needless to say it was a bit of a surprise that I would run into this situation, so i began to figure out how to secure the bird without incident. The building manager was able to provide a towel and it ended up being pretty easy to get it under control. I do rescues for a group in Chicago when I can, so it wasn't new to secure a wild raptor, but I'm usually called out to this sort of thing. The odds of a falconer leaving at that exact time and place are next to nil, so I felt very lucky for the experience. I have taken the bird to the Willowbrook rehab facility and it should be just fine. Note: it is banded, so Willowbrook should be able to get it back to where it came from pretty easily.

    I have done many rescues over the past few years and most do not turn out well, but this was one that makes those times worth it. 

     As a falconer I recommend volunteering for raptor rescue as we already have to skills and lack of general fear to do the work. Just my $.02 Thanks, Mark White, Treasurer GLFA

  • 10 Dec 2014 10:35 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    Meets:

    We just posted a meet for this weekend in Gilman. IL. 

    Website:

    The provider of this software now allows signing in with Facebook and Google credentials. This should make things a little easier to manage for your profiles.

    I have added a featured member section on the homepage. It simply crawls through the membership directory and displays your profiles. With the edition of the Facebook login feature it should bring your Facebook profile to our page.

    We have been seeing sign ups for the meet and banquet in February already. It is really shaping up to be a nice event.

    Thanks. I hope to see everyone this weekend. 

  • 15 Oct 2014 6:12 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    These events are shaping up nicely! We will open registration soon.

  • 20 Sep 2014 8:36 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    The Great Lakes Falconers, North American Falconers and Indiana Falconers have teamed up to host the NAFA Midwest field meet on February 6, 7, and 8, 2015. Please visit the Event Page for more information.

  • 17 Jul 2014 9:28 PM | Mark White (Administrator)

    If you would like to submit an article about last season or any other Falconry writings you would like to share with the club. Email us with the story and any pictures by August 1 to be considered for the next issue of "The Gauntlet"

  • 16 Jul 2014 11:03 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    If you ever wanted a passage peregrine please get out your pen. This was taken from our Member George Ricter on our Facebook page (Originally from NAFA Email)  Facebook Message

    Message from the President 
    In the last newsletter, I asked members to help their local club presidents draft letters in support of our eagle-falconer constituency. This week I am asking you to participate in another letter writing campaign. On the 24th and 25th of July the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central flyway councils are scheduled to meet. NAFA annually sends a recommendation to each flyway council to increase the passage peregrine take to a number that more accurately reflects the 5% which was allocated to falconers in the environment assessment (EA) conducted by the USFWS. The current number of permits (36) has not been changed since 2009. During this time the number of states participating in the trapping season has steadily increased. Flying a passage peregrine is still a “bucket list” item for many within our membership, but an ever-increasing demand for permits and a limited supply based on dated policy makes obtaining one difficult. The attached letter gives you a good idea of the message that needs to be delivered. Feel free to use it as a template or draft your own. I have also included the names and addresses of the individuals who need to hear your voice.
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    Dear Sir:
    I would like to bring a matter to your attention and request the consideration of the Atlantic Flyway Council to increase the number of passage peregrine falcons for use in falconry.
    The Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyway Councils have been authorized by the USFWS to allocate permits to capture passage peregrines to participating states. Since 2009, the USFWS has allocated a total of thirty-six (36) permits annually to the three flyways combined. With an increasing number of participating states, and the current allocation set at twelve (12) permits per flyway, this is an insufficient number of permits for the number of falconers that want to apply for permits annually.
    The environmental assessment (EA) conducted by the USFWS has indicated that up to five percent (5%) of the population could be taken with no or with minimal impact on the species. Recent studies continue to document increases in the number of peregrines in both Canada and the United States and the currently allowed number of thirty-six (36) permits is far less than the five percent (5%) threshold.
    From a biological perspective, the normal mortality rate of these young birds is as high as seventy percent (50%-70%). Most, if not all states have documented significant increases in fledging success for peregrines and breeding pairs now occupy territories such as bridges, tall buildings in cities, and sites heretofore never heard of or identified. The peregrine has adapted extremely well to urban environments.
    I respectfully request the ( NAME OF FLYWAY) Flyway Council join with the other Flyway Councils and write the Service Regulations Committee to request an increase in allocation to at least thirty-six (36) permits per flyway for a total of one hundred eight (108) permits. This increase in number of permits from a total of thirty-six to one hundred eight (108) is still well below the five percent (5%) threshold identified in the EA
    We will continue working with the flyways and the USFWS to accomplish this increase in a manner that is biologically responsible and conservative.
    Thank you for your consideration of this request and I eagerly await your response.
    Sincerely,

    Your name

    Three individual letters addressed to:
    Atlantic Flyway Tech Section Chair
    John M. Buck, Wildlife Biologist
    Nongame Bird Project Leader
    Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
    5 Perry St., Suite 40
    Barre, Vermont 05641

    Mississippi Flyway Tech Section Chair
    Karen T. Cleveland
    All-Bird Biologist
    Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
    PO Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909
    http://www.michigan.gov/dnr
    clevelandk1@michigan.gov

    Central Flyway Tech Section Chair
    Clifford Shackelford
    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
    506 Hayter Street
    Nacogdoches, TX 75965
    Clifford.Shackelford@tpwd.state.tx.us
    CC on each letter to:
    Dr. George Allen
    Division of Migratory Bird Management
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    4401 N Fairfax Drive
    Arlington, VA 22203
    Pacific Flyway Tech Section Chair
    Russell Norvell
    Avian Conservation Program Coordinator
    Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
    Suite 2110
    Box 146301
    1594 North Temple
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114
    russellnorvell@utah.gov


  • 10 Jul 2014 10:25 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    GLFA will be having a board meeting on July 15 to discuss current and upcoming topics. The meeting minutes will be posted on this site in the members section. I will post when they are available.

    Thanks 

  • 10 Jun 2014 6:14 PM | Steve Twiddy (Administrator)

    Illinois falconers will be hosting a NAFA field meet here in Illinois. It's true right here in our back yard. Plans are taking shape and all information as it becomes available will be posted right here and on the event page. All we know so far is that it will be held in early to mid February 2015. Stop back and check often for more news.

    You know your birds fat and happy when it's to heavy to get back on the perch after loosing "so many" primaries. Please have a great summer and be safe out there.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Twiddy

    Secretary

    GLFA

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