WFA Picnic 2019

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 3rd for the Wisconsin Falconers Summer Picnic! Rain or shine! It will be held at Mike Barlow’s home by Stevens Point WI from 12pm – 3pm. Birds and good dogs welcome. Free admission! The WFA will be providing grilled hamburgers and hotdogs as well as chips, soda, bottled water, paper plates and plastic utensils. Bringing a dish to pass (could be a desert) and your favorite beverage is very much welcomed and appreciated. Your own lawn chairs are welcome. Bring your kids and grandkids. We hope to see you there!

Just to give you a heads up: We are going to go back to Black River Falls for the annual Winter Meet. It has the Best Western Hotel and the conference room that works really well for our needs and will be held on February 1st – 2nd and the board will hold our winter meeting at that time. You will receive a mailing or email with detailed time prior to the meet. Our guest speaker is Lauren McGough and she will have a new book coming out around that time.

Eric Retering will do a short demonstration on rigging a drone with a parachute and bait, and share a summary of how to condition and train longwings for successful game-hawking

Please click below to get direction’s to Mike Barlow’s place.

http://www.wisconsinfalconers.org/wfa-summer-picnic-2019/

WFA & Project SOAR 2019

Last year, we ran an article with the WFA’s involvement with Project SOAR and Wisconsin airports to relocate raptors that were a danger to aircraft.  The WFA hope to increase the number of participating airports in trapping and relocating birds of prey at those airports. Doing so requires dedicated individuals to be on call for trapping nuisance raptors so that they do not have to be shot in order to keep the airport a safe place for aircraft and their passengers. 

The latest article on this can be found here.

WFA Falconers Relocate Snowy Owls at Airports

In a recent news story, a Snowy Owl was recently killed legally at Wittman Regional Airport. Snowy Owls are migratory birds under protection of the Federal Migratory Bird Act, but in instances where birds can pose a threat to human life the airports can obtain legal permission to shoot the birds. On Dec. 7, Janet Wissink, Pat Fisher from The Feather Wildlife Rehab and Education Center and falconer Frank Ujazdowski sat in a meeting at Wittman Airport with Moll, Airport Operations Manager Pete Rausch, a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Robert Warnke, chairman of the Winnebago County Board’s aviation committee.

A new collaboration was on the table: on-call falconers would safely capture birds on the airport grounds and The Feather rehabilitation center could treat and release the owls in a safe place.

“The airport people were very receptive to the idea,” Wissink said. “We told them that the bow nets cost $500 apiece. They offered to pay for one, the Audubon is paying for another. We’re also going to get a third one through an anonymous donor.”

The volunteers have the training to work with the birds that will be increasingly needed as more snowy owls migrate south for the winter. More owls are moving south because warmer weather is increasing their food supply and, by extension, the number of owls being born.

Wissink said she saw two owls at the airport in the first walk through. She said the open field with signs to perch on make the airport a comfortable spot for the birds, which scan the ground for prey. The ability to trap birds is especially important because they are less likely to be scared off by cars or loud noises because those threats are not common in the tundra they call home.

The collaboration is allowing The Feather to help with researching the snowy owls as well, by working with Project SNOWstorm to take blood samples and put trackers on the birds before releasing them.

http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/local/oshkosh/2017/12/29/volunteers-lend-another-option-snowy-owls-airports-relocate-first-two-birds/984426001/

Winter Meet 2018

Mark your calendars, the 2018 Winter Meet is being held again in Wausau, WI on February 2-4th, 2018 at the Weston Inn and Suites. For additional details on the event including costs, please check out this page. We hope to see you there!

Our guest speaker will be Lynn Oliphant.  Lynn is an accomplished longwinger and has been flying falcons beginning in the 1960s, he has flown all species of falcons native to North America at wild quarry as well as several hybrids. His bird of choice is the tiercel peregrine flown at Huns, sharptail and ducks. Experiments with tamehacking began in the early 1970s culminating in a book (The Four Week Window) describing the importance of early experience in the development of eyass birds. This has recently been superseded by his new book “Developing the Modern Gamehawk”. 

Lynn will be speaking primarily on his ideas regarding the optimal development of eyass birds for falconry and showing a 20 minute video of the method used at his small breeding project “Prairie Sky Falcons”. If there is sufficient interest, a discussion of the evidence for a very large breeding population of peregrines located primarily in northern Canada will be entertained. A limited number of copies of the current book will also be available at a reduced price.

For any questions please contact the meet coordinator at fujazdowski@gmail.com.