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2017 WFA Fall Meet

November 2, 2017, 6:00pm - November 6, 2017, 2:00am

2017 Annual Fall Falconry Meet

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WFA 2017 Annual Summer Picnic

Here's the flyer for the annual picnic coming up on July 29th at the Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, WA. Come for the day or the weekend!

There are rooms available in the lodge in addition to the campgrounds. For Saturday night lodge accomodations, please contact WFA. For other nights in the lodge and camprgound reservations, please contact Silver Ridge Ranch directly.

We hope to see you at the picnic!
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UPDATE on Avian Cholera

SALEM, Ore. —-(Ammoland.com)- State and federal wildlife managers are investigating a possible outbreak of avian cholera in ducks after members of the public reported several hundred dead ducks at wetlands on private land in the Stanfield and Milton-Freewater areas over the weekend.

The public is asked to report sick or dead birds to 1-866-968-2600 or Wildlife.Health@state.or.us

ODFW is still waiting on tests to confirm whether the dead ducks collected died from cholera. However, Washington Fish and Wildlife recently confirmed an outbreak of avian cholera around nearby Burbank, Wash.

ODFW, WDFW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to minimize the spread of the disease through careful carcass collection and disposal to reduce the amount of bacteria in the environment.

Avian cholera is caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida and is one of the most common diseases among ducks, geese and other wild North American waterfowl. Symptoms displayed by infected birds include lethargy, convulsions, swimming in circles, and erratic flight plus mucous discharge from the mouth and nose, and soiling of the feathers around the vent, eyes, and bill.

According to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, the bacteria kill waterfowl swiftly, sometimes in as few as six to 12 hours after infection. Live bacteria released into the environment by dead and dying birds can subsequently infect healthy birds. Avian cholera is highly contagious and spreads rapidly through bird-to-bird contact, ingestion of food or water containing the bacteria, or scavenging of infected carcasses.

While the risk to people from the disease is extremely low, ODFW urges the public to avoid handling sick or dead birds. Though hunting seasons in the area are now closed, hunters should wear gloves when cleaning birds and disinfect waders, decoys and other hunting equipment to stop further spread of the bacteria and harvested waterfowl should be cooked thoroughly prior to consumption. Finally, keep your pets away from sick birds.

Read more: www.ammoland.com/2017/02/oregon-report-dead-ducks-odfw-hotline/#ixzz4Y6zlTUSJ
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WINTER MEET CANCELLED

Due to the inclement weather, the WFA Board has cancelled the Winter Meet this coming weekend in Ritzville. We are very sorry for inconvenience, but for both safety reasons and hunting difficulties, it was thought best to cancel. We will keep you posted if there is an opportunity to reschedule.
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2017 WFA Winter Meet

Please note the CHANGE OF DATE!

Due to weather, the WFA Board has changed the date of the Winter Meet to February 10-12, 2017.

The Meet will be held in Ritzville. Rates are $59.99 (king) or $63.99 (two queens) per night, no pet fee, if you reserve ahead and let them know you are with WFA.

Cedars Inn
1513 Smittys Blvd, Ritzville, WA 99169
(509) 659-1007

A pizza dinner will be provided on Saturday night at the hotel.

Pets must be kept on a leash, in a pen, crate, or otherwise controlled at all times.
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Don't forget to renew your membership for 2017!

You can join or renew your WFA membership here: wafalconers.org/join/ You can complete the online application and submit your payment through PayPal, or download the application and mail it in with your payment.

Happy Hawking!

Lee Tostevin
Treasurer
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Hi everyone, I received the following message from Simone Lupson-Cook regarding West Nile Virus in Washington and I'm sharing it with her permission. ~ Lee

We have three falconers in eastern Washington dealing with sick birds...two are NOT confirmed West Nile one IS confirmed. Blood samples are being sent out soon for the unconfirmed cases as they have WNV-like symptoms. I would urge everyone especially those in eastern Washington (I don't know if WNV is hitting western WA as bad, I don't think so) to

a) screen their mews with window netting or something similar to prevent mosquito bites

b) talk to their vet about a WNV vaccine for their birds (it is safe even though not specifically for birds and

c) check areas on your property for standing water (tires, old bath pans, buckets, etc) and get rid of it to prevent larvae from hatching.

d) familiarize yourself with early stages of West Nile Virus symptoms to get treatment early.

In our raptors this is: lack of appetite, lethargy, pinched off/fallen out blood feathers, sleeping, elevated white blood count. Later stages include head tremors, lack of awareness and weakness in legs.

I hope that this will save some folks from heartache and keep our birds safe if we spread the word.
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Forecast for Easton on July 16th... 73 and Sunny!

Don't forget to bring your chair, a side dish, and your checkbook 😉 See you at the picnic!
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2016 WFA Annual Picnic - Saturday, July 16, 2016

Just a few weeks left until the picnic and I wanted to send out some updates:
1. If you are planning on camping in a regular site and you haven't reserved a site yet, please make sure you get your reservations soon. There also is camping at the Group Site, which you don't need to reserve, but just note there are no water or electrical hook-ups.
2. We aren't sure yet if we will be able to accept credit card payments (it's subject to my data service), so please be prepared with cash or checks for the auction, Group Site camping, WFA t-shirts, new or renewing memberships, or any other purchases.
3. If you are planning on attending the Hunter's Education Course, remember that there is an online course that must be completed first. Click here for more information.
4. Please bring your own chairs, blankets, etc. There will be lots of room to spread out, but limited, if any, seating available.
5. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, but please bring a side dish to share
6. Don't forget to clean out your bookshelves, closets, and storage bins for those falconry items you are no longer using. Donations for the auction will be happily accepted.
Please make sure when you arrive at the picnic that you find me to check-in, register for the auction, and to just say "hi". For more details and a map: 2016 WFA Picnic Flyer

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in Easton!

Lee Tostevin, Treasurer
Washington Falconer’s Association
treasurer@wafalconers.org
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Beautiful spot for a picnic, I think! It was a nice drive over the Pass yesterday to check out the new location for the WFA Annual Summer Picnic (July 16th). Lots of trees and at the foot of the hills. It's going to be a fun weekend!
~ Lee
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Message from Brad Felger:
Hello everyone!!
Sue and I will be at the WFA Winter meet in Ritzville this Friday thru Sunday morning (1/22- 1/24)
We have some fun things planned including game hawking everyday, Saturday evening beginning at 6pm Brad Woods is hosting/donating pizza & soda for our dinner (thank you Brad!), local Falconer & author Jim Nelson has a great presentation to share with us, then we will be raffling a few very nice items highlighted by an awesome ring perch built and donated by Matt VonDereau (thanks Matt!), there will be updates on Avian Influenza, I will update everyone on WFA so you know what's going on in your club, and there will be lots of great times to be had between friends and opportunities to meet new friends. Saturday's Dinner and meet attendance is free!!! Raffle tickets will be super cheap and you could be the lucky winner! Additional details such as meet location and Hotel contact and other meet info are on the WFA Website.
Let's have a great time together & we hope to see you there:)
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wafalconers.org/2016-wfa-winter-meet/

Please join us for a great weekend of good friends and great hawking!

Accommodations
The Meet accommodations will be at the Cedars Inn at Ritzville. Rates are $59 a night (more than 2 people is $10 per night/per person, no pet fee). You will need to tell them you are with WFA to get the discounted rate.
Cedars Inn
1513 Smittys Blvd, Ritzville, WA 99169
CedarsInnRitzville.com
(509) 659-1007
This year’s WFA winter meet pizza dinner is on Saturday at 7pm at the hotel and will be graciously provided by our new SW Director, Brad Wood/Northwoods Falconry!
northwoodsfalconry.com/

Please keep pets on a leash, in a pen, crate or otherwise controlled at all times. If you have questions please contact Roni Moorhead at 360-631-1963 or by email at VP@wafalconers.org.

For more information please visit the WFA website at www.wafalconers.org.
WFA does not provide alcoholic beverages and is not responsible for the consumption thereof.
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WFA 2016 Winter Meet

January 22, 2016, 8:00am - January 24, 2016, 8:00pm

wafalconers.org/2016-wfa-winter-meet/ Please join us for a great weekend of good friends and great hawking! Accommodations The Meet accommodations will be at the Cedars Inn at Ritzville. Rate...

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MISSING BIRD: Tim Ainge has lost his male peregrine. The bird took off on Dec 19th and was last tracked this morning, Dec 20th, at the South end of Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend. It was headed SE beyond Hobart. It's on frequency 216.035.

Tim isn't on Facebook so please contact me with any info and I'll get it to Tim. Thanks so much and keep your eyes open!

~ Lee Tostevin
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Several months ago there was a thread that started about the use of noosed falconry traps in Washington and whether they were legal or not. These are traps such as the BC,hoop trap,harness pigeon, etc. are federally approved and legal under a falconry permit in the other states as a means to trap raptors, but due to a law in Washington directed toward fur trappers and "body gripping traps" the noosed falconry traps have fallen under that definition and for several years now have not been legal to use in Washington.
The body gripping trap law happened to be up for revision this Fall so Patricia added language for noosed falconry traps, it went thru the legal processes, and I just got word that we were successful in having noosed traps used to trap raptors under a falconry permit no longer being included under the definition of body gripping traps.
So let's celebrate this victory!!! BC traps, harness pigeon, hoop trap, noosed carpet, etc. are now defined as legal to use for trapping raptors in Washington.
Thanks go to Patricia for authoring and supporting this, also to Larry Ray and Allen Gardner for attending and commenting on this at the commission meeting in Spokane.
Respectfully,
Brad Felger- WFA President
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WFA 2015 Fall Meet Photo Contest

It’s time to show off those photos! Submit your best photos (each person can submit up to three) taken during the Fall Meet and win a gift certificate for WFA items. You can post your photo directly to the album in the WFA Facebook group if you are a member, or send them to Lee Tostevin and they will be posted with credit. Prizes will be awarded based on the number of “Likes” each photo gets by November 15th, 2015.
First Place - $50 Gift Cert
Second Place - $30 Gift Cert
Third Place $20 Gift Cert
*Prizes are for gift certificates to be used towards WFA membership and/or items sold by WFA. Submit only photos you personally took and that you authorize WFA to use in future publications and promotions. You don’t have to be on Facebook to participate. You can send your photo to Lee Tostevin and she’ll get it posted with appropriate credit. Thank you!
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Washington Falconers Association added 21 new photos — in Soap Lake, Washington. ... See MoreSee Less

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Will this be waiting for you in Soap Lake? Only if you pre-register by THIS SATURDAY! And that $5 you saved in your registration can be put towards the cool new t-shirts and other WFA stuff that will be for sale... or raffle items... or stuff our vendors will be selling... or... you get the point.

Pre-register and more information here: wafalconers.org/wfa-fall-meet-2015-and-35th-year-anniversary/

See you in Soap Lake!
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From our friends to the South... Oregon Falconers Association Fall Meet in Madras, OR. November 6-8. 2015. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yep, we have new t-shirts and other WFA goodies! These are some items we'll have for sale at the Fall Meet. All proceeds from the sale of WFA items will go to the Mark Lowmiller Conservation Fund wafalconers.org/mark-lowmiller-conservation-fund/ ... See MoreSee Less

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  • Happy World Falconry Day! This year's theme, "Learning and teaching: passing on our cultural heritage" is an important one. We have had lots of new members interested in getting into falconry and those just beginning their apprenticeship. The need for good sponsors and mentors is growing. A huge THANK YOU to those who offer guidance, answer the endless questions, take people out trapping and hunting, are mentors, and especially sponsors. We are currently in need of sponsors in several regions in the state. If you are available (and qualified, of course) to take on an apprentice, please get in touch with me, your regional director, or our Director-at-Large (http://wafalconers.org/contacts-and-info/). Thank you! Lee Tostevin, Membership Coordinator Washington Falconer's Association To join or renew your membership with WFA: www.wafalconers.org/join

    November 16

  • Ladies and gentlemen. Was in my pigeon loft and realized I'm overstock with young birds. These are off my racing stock and are not culls. I did not band these birds because they were to be used for training my Goshawks. However, I have a soft spot for my pigeons and can't use them for food. I'm asking $3 per bird for falconers only and I have about 30. These birds are off parents I've paid thousands for and will make good breeding stock for your loft. If you tell me you are going too mix them with wild pigeons I will not sell you any birds because they will be dead in 48 hours due to them not being able to fight off disease that wild birds carry. Will not deliver, will not meet you anywhere they must be picked up. Don't worry I will have smoked salmon on crackers for ya😁 I M me if interested. Anthony

    September 27

  • Going to meet a game warden to pick up a red tail with jesses that was found near baker lake. If it's not mine, is anyone missing a red tail up north?

    September 24

  • Who supplies your favorite hawk box and why? I'm leaning toward making my own because I can't find exactly what I'm looking for (lightweight, easy to clean, holds RTHA).

    September 23

  • 2017 Annual Fall Falconry Meet

    September 23

  • 2017 WFA Fall Meet Pre-register online and save $$$ http://wafalconers.org/2017-wfa-fall-meet/

    September 22

  • No test result letter yet, 7 days and 6 hours later. I don't understand. Oregon says they grade your test in front of you, so you know your falconry test results. What?

    August 04

  • Hello ... my situation is not in reference to Falcons but I need some help with an injured Dove. My 16 year old animal lover found this bird. It was injured by a dog and has a damaged wing. She called a vet who told her to keep it in a box until it healed. 3 months later wound is healed but it has now injured the other wing. We are at a loss, my daughter and I spoke to a bird rehabiltor who advised to euthanize it. She is beside herself trying to rationalize how that would be an acceptable option. Please help me to help her.

    July 21

  • Has anyone seen any passage red tail hawks near Lake Stevens or Seattle

    July 10

  • 2017 WFA Annual Summer Picnic Message from Andrew Keresey, WFA Vice President: Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that the WFA Summer Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 29th at the Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, WA. Click HERE for the picnic flyer and more information. Auction Thanks to Marshal Radio Telemetry, our auction will include a brand new Marshall GPS System retailing at $995.00! [ 959 more words ] http://wafalconers.org/2017-wfa-annual-summer-picnic/

    July 09

  • Sorry for the quality of the picture, it's just from my cell... this Red Tailed Hawk has been flying around my house for about 4 days. I finally got a good look at it and I could see that someone has attached a number '12' to its left wing... its a young guy, and chirping a lot. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about him or was looking for him?

    June 28

  • WFA 2017 Annual Summer Picnic Here's the flyer for the annual picnic coming up on July 29th at the Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, WA. Come for the day or the weekend! There are rooms available in the lodge in addition to the campgrounds. For Saturday night lodge accomodations, please contact WFA. For other nights in the lodge and camprgound reservations, please contact Silver Ridge Ranch directly. We hope to see you at the picnic!

    June 14

  • Hi everyone! I'm a new member as of yesterday. I am a early early beginner, this being my first step. I've always been interested in falconry and have a huge love of birds in general. I'm looking foward to gaining knowledge and experiences in falconry. I plan on attending the annual picnic and hope to meet lots of members. Aubrey 😊

    May 17

  • Hey all, just wanted to give you a heads up that they moved our state falconry regs around. They used to be under 232-30, but now they are under Title 220-420. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=220-420

    May 09

  • Good information here if you come across an injured raptor.

    April 07

  • Available: Coturnix quail, large 150-200g. Bag of 12 for $24.00. Available by special order medium 100-150g (12/$18)and Extra Large 200g + (bag of 10 for $25). I am located in Yakima area, but shipping is available to the greater NW area. Email mwtrees@gmail.com or call 509-930-1421

    March 09

  • Is anybody on the west side a drone efficianado? I have a tali h500 I need to get going.

    February 24

  • Lots of membership renewals coming in! Lots of NEW members too! If you are a member, don’t forget to also join the WFA Facebook Group. Feel free to introduce yourself when you get there. If you’d like to renew or join WFA, you can do so online at www.wafalconers.org/join. Thanks! Lee Tostevin, WFA Membership Coordinator

    February 24

  • Is there anyone still interested in fishing nets? The neighbor has a bunch he is giving away. PM me and I'll grab it in the morning for you

    February 22

  • UPDATE on Avian Cholera SALEM, Ore. —-(Ammoland.com)- State and federal wildlife managers are investigating a possible outbreak of avian cholera in ducks after members of the public reported several hundred dead ducks at wetlands on private land in the Stanfield and Milton-Freewater areas over the weekend. The public is asked to report sick or dead birds to 1-866-968-2600 or Wildlife.Health@state.or.us ODFW is still waiting on tests to confirm whether the dead ducks collected died from cholera. However, Washington Fish and Wildlife recently confirmed an outbreak of avian cholera around nearby Burbank, Wash. ODFW, WDFW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to minimize the spread of the disease through careful carcass collection and disposal to reduce the amount of bacteria in the environment. Avian cholera is caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida and is one of the most common diseases among ducks, geese and other wild North American waterfowl. Symptoms displayed by infected birds include lethargy, convulsions, swimming in circles, and erratic flight plus mucous discharge from the mouth and nose, and soiling of the feathers around the vent, eyes, and bill. According to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, the bacteria kill waterfowl swiftly, sometimes in as few as six to 12 hours after infection. Live bacteria released into the environment by dead and dying birds can subsequently infect healthy birds. Avian cholera is highly contagious and spreads rapidly through bird-to-bird contact, ingestion of food or water containing the bacteria, or scavenging of infected carcasses. While the risk to people from the disease is extremely low, ODFW urges the public to avoid handling sick or dead birds. Though hunting seasons in the area are now closed, hunters should wear gloves when cleaning birds and disinfect waders, decoys and other hunting equipment to stop further spread of the bacteria and harvested waterfowl should be cooked thoroughly prior to consumption. Finally, keep your pets away from sick birds. Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2017/02/oregon-report-dead-ducks-odfw-hotline/#ixzz4Y6zlTUSJ Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

    February 08

  • WINTER MEET CANCELLED Due to the inclement weather, the WFA Board has cancelled the Winter Meet this coming weekend in Ritzville. We are very sorry for inconvenience, but for both safety reasons and hunting difficulties, it was thought best to cancel. We will keep you posted if there is an opportunity to reschedule.

    February 07

  • Im thinking about coming to the meet next weekend but my kestrel is molting. Can I tag along on someone's hunt? I'm a good bush beater! Lol. 😊

    February 04

  • PLEASE READ: release from WDFW regarding Avian Cholera found in wild ducks in the Tri-Cities. I'll post more info as I get it. http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jan2717a/

    January 27

  • Washington Falconer's Association 2017 Annual Winter Meet 2017 WFA Winter Meet Please note the CHANGE OF DATE! Due to weather, the WFA Board has changed the date of the Winter Meet to February 10-12, 2017. The Meet will be held in Ritzville. Rates are $59.99 (king) or $63.99 (two queens) per night, no pet fee, if you reserve ahead and let them know you are with WFA. [ 63 more words ] http://wafalconers.org/2017-wfa-winter-meet/

    January 14

  • 2017 WFA Winter Meet Please note the CHANGE OF DATE! Due to weather, the WFA Board has changed the date of the Winter Meet to February 10-12, 2017. The Meet will be held in Ritzville. Rates are $59.99 (king) or $63.99 (two queens) per night, no pet fee, if you reserve ahead and let them know you are with WFA. Cedars Inn 1513 Smittys Blvd, Ritzville, WA 99169 (509) 659-1007 A pizza dinner will be provided on Saturday night at the hotel. Pets must be kept on a leash, in a pen, crate, or otherwise controlled at all times.

    January 10

  • Happy World Falconry Day! This year's theme, "Learning and teaching: passing on our cultural heritage" is an important one. We have had lots of new members interested in getting into falconry and those just beginning their apprenticeship. The need for good sponsors and mentors is growing. A huge THANK YOU to those who offer guidance, answer the endless questions, take people out trapping and hunting, are mentors, and especially sponsors. We are currently in need of sponsors in several regions in the state. If you are available (and qualified, of course) to take on an apprentice, please get in touch with me, your regional director, or our Director-at-Large (http://wafalconers.org/contacts-and-info/). Thank you! Lee Tostevin, Membership Coordinator Washington Falconer's Association To join or renew your membership with WFA: www.wafalconers.org/join

    November 16

  • Ladies and gentlemen. Was in my pigeon loft and realized I'm overstock with young birds. These are off my racing stock and are not culls. I did not band these birds because they were to be used for training my Goshawks. However, I have a soft spot for my pigeons and can't use them for food. I'm asking $3 per bird for falconers only and I have about 30. These birds are off parents I've paid thousands for and will make good breeding stock for your loft. If you tell me you are going too mix them with wild pigeons I will not sell you any birds because they will be dead in 48 hours due to them not being able to fight off disease that wild birds carry. Will not deliver, will not meet you anywhere they must be picked up. Don't worry I will have smoked salmon on crackers for ya😁 I M me if interested. Anthony

    September 27

  • Going to meet a game warden to pick up a red tail with jesses that was found near baker lake. If it's not mine, is anyone missing a red tail up north?

    September 24

  • Who supplies your favorite hawk box and why? I'm leaning toward making my own because I can't find exactly what I'm looking for (lightweight, easy to clean, holds RTHA).

    September 23

  • 2017 Annual Fall Falconry Meet

    September 23

  • 2017 WFA Fall Meet Pre-register online and save $$$ http://wafalconers.org/2017-wfa-fall-meet/

    September 22

  • No test result letter yet, 7 days and 6 hours later. I don't understand. Oregon says they grade your test in front of you, so you know your falconry test results. What?

    August 04

  • Hello ... my situation is not in reference to Falcons but I need some help with an injured Dove. My 16 year old animal lover found this bird. It was injured by a dog and has a damaged wing. She called a vet who told her to keep it in a box until it healed. 3 months later wound is healed but it has now injured the other wing. We are at a loss, my daughter and I spoke to a bird rehabiltor who advised to euthanize it. She is beside herself trying to rationalize how that would be an acceptable option. Please help me to help her.

    July 21

  • Has anyone seen any passage red tail hawks near Lake Stevens or Seattle

    July 10

  • 2017 WFA Annual Summer Picnic Message from Andrew Keresey, WFA Vice President: Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that the WFA Summer Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 29th at the Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, WA. Click HERE for the picnic flyer and more information. Auction Thanks to Marshal Radio Telemetry, our auction will include a brand new Marshall GPS System retailing at $995.00! [ 959 more words ] http://wafalconers.org/2017-wfa-annual-summer-picnic/

    July 09

  • Sorry for the quality of the picture, it's just from my cell... this Red Tailed Hawk has been flying around my house for about 4 days. I finally got a good look at it and I could see that someone has attached a number '12' to its left wing... its a young guy, and chirping a lot. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about him or was looking for him?

    June 28

  • WFA 2017 Annual Summer Picnic Here's the flyer for the annual picnic coming up on July 29th at the Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, WA. Come for the day or the weekend! There are rooms available in the lodge in addition to the campgrounds. For Saturday night lodge accomodations, please contact WFA. For other nights in the lodge and camprgound reservations, please contact Silver Ridge Ranch directly. We hope to see you at the picnic!

    June 14

  • Hi everyone! I'm a new member as of yesterday. I am a early early beginner, this being my first step. I've always been interested in falconry and have a huge love of birds in general. I'm looking foward to gaining knowledge and experiences in falconry. I plan on attending the annual picnic and hope to meet lots of members. Aubrey 😊

    May 17

  • Hey all, just wanted to give you a heads up that they moved our state falconry regs around. They used to be under 232-30, but now they are under Title 220-420. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=220-420

    May 09

  • Good information here if you come across an injured raptor.

    April 07

  • Available: Coturnix quail, large 150-200g. Bag of 12 for $24.00. Available by special order medium 100-150g (12/$18)and Extra Large 200g + (bag of 10 for $25). I am located in Yakima area, but shipping is available to the greater NW area. Email mwtrees@gmail.com or call 509-930-1421

    March 09

  • Is anybody on the west side a drone efficianado? I have a tali h500 I need to get going.

    February 24

  • Lots of membership renewals coming in! Lots of NEW members too! If you are a member, don’t forget to also join the WFA Facebook Group. Feel free to introduce yourself when you get there. If you’d like to renew or join WFA, you can do so online at www.wafalconers.org/join. Thanks! Lee Tostevin, WFA Membership Coordinator

    February 24

  • Is there anyone still interested in fishing nets? The neighbor has a bunch he is giving away. PM me and I'll grab it in the morning for you

    February 22

  • UPDATE on Avian Cholera SALEM, Ore. —-(Ammoland.com)- State and federal wildlife managers are investigating a possible outbreak of avian cholera in ducks after members of the public reported several hundred dead ducks at wetlands on private land in the Stanfield and Milton-Freewater areas over the weekend. The public is asked to report sick or dead birds to 1-866-968-2600 or Wildlife.Health@state.or.us ODFW is still waiting on tests to confirm whether the dead ducks collected died from cholera. However, Washington Fish and Wildlife recently confirmed an outbreak of avian cholera around nearby Burbank, Wash. ODFW, WDFW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to minimize the spread of the disease through careful carcass collection and disposal to reduce the amount of bacteria in the environment. Avian cholera is caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida and is one of the most common diseases among ducks, geese and other wild North American waterfowl. Symptoms displayed by infected birds include lethargy, convulsions, swimming in circles, and erratic flight plus mucous discharge from the mouth and nose, and soiling of the feathers around the vent, eyes, and bill. According to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, the bacteria kill waterfowl swiftly, sometimes in as few as six to 12 hours after infection. Live bacteria released into the environment by dead and dying birds can subsequently infect healthy birds. Avian cholera is highly contagious and spreads rapidly through bird-to-bird contact, ingestion of food or water containing the bacteria, or scavenging of infected carcasses. While the risk to people from the disease is extremely low, ODFW urges the public to avoid handling sick or dead birds. Though hunting seasons in the area are now closed, hunters should wear gloves when cleaning birds and disinfect waders, decoys and other hunting equipment to stop further spread of the bacteria and harvested waterfowl should be cooked thoroughly prior to consumption. Finally, keep your pets away from sick birds. Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2017/02/oregon-report-dead-ducks-odfw-hotline/#ixzz4Y6zlTUSJ Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

    February 08

  • WINTER MEET CANCELLED Due to the inclement weather, the WFA Board has cancelled the Winter Meet this coming weekend in Ritzville. We are very sorry for inconvenience, but for both safety reasons and hunting difficulties, it was thought best to cancel. We will keep you posted if there is an opportunity to reschedule.

    February 07

  • Im thinking about coming to the meet next weekend but my kestrel is molting. Can I tag along on someone's hunt? I'm a good bush beater! Lol. 😊

    February 04

  • PLEASE READ: release from WDFW regarding Avian Cholera found in wild ducks in the Tri-Cities. I'll post more info as I get it. http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jan2717a/

    January 27

  • Washington Falconer's Association 2017 Annual Winter Meet 2017 WFA Winter Meet Please note the CHANGE OF DATE! Due to weather, the WFA Board has changed the date of the Winter Meet to February 10-12, 2017. The Meet will be held in Ritzville. Rates are $59.99 (king) or $63.99 (two queens) per night, no pet fee, if you reserve ahead and let them know you are with WFA. [ 63 more words ] http://wafalconers.org/2017-wfa-winter-meet/

    January 14

  • 2017 WFA Winter Meet Please note the CHANGE OF DATE! Due to weather, the WFA Board has changed the date of the Winter Meet to February 10-12, 2017. The Meet will be held in Ritzville. Rates are $59.99 (king) or $63.99 (two queens) per night, no pet fee, if you reserve ahead and let them know you are with WFA. Cedars Inn 1513 Smittys Blvd, Ritzville, WA 99169 (509) 659-1007 A pizza dinner will be provided on Saturday night at the hotel. Pets must be kept on a leash, in a pen, crate, or otherwise controlled at all times.

    January 10

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