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Napa Valley: Bouchaine Vineyards' new falconry wine experience

The Mercury News - 4 days ago
Sustainable farming techniques are one of the reasons Bouchaine Vineyards has been crafting award-winning pinot noir and chardonnay longer than any other winery in the Carneros District of Napa....

Falconry remains intact on the bucket list

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise - 4 weeks ago
The trout season provides over seven months of angling entertainment for trout fanatics, while the remainder of the year is filled with bass, perch, pike, walleye, salmon and a host of other species....

6 Valuable Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From The Wilderness

Forbes - 3 weeks ago
How do you tell a female raptor from a male, since they have the same coloring? "Females are larger, stronger and smarter," master falconer Deanna Curtis says with a grin. A falconer is...

Falconry as an option for pest control on farms | barfblog

Barfblog (blog) - 7 days ago
I'm a fan of the creative approach to using falcons to control wild pests on farms; with the caveat of balancing tradeoffs. Back when I was doing on farm food safety stuff in greenhouses in...

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Lost Juvinile remale redtail.
Last seen Tuesday morning on Finn Hill in Kirkland.
Transmitter Freq is 216.005
Dark brown anklets and jesses and bells.
Call Riky:
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2 days ago

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Passage gyr falcon with cut leash headed north from just south of Portland.
No telemetry.
If seen please call Justin Robertson
‭(816) 797-4779‬
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Hello peoples,

I have a lady who is looking to find a falconer in the Yakima area to basically ask some questions about all the ins and outs of falconry and to show facilities and hawks to her and a young family member. He lives in North Dakota but is only in town till Tuesday. Anyone can help toss me a number on Messenger and I’ll help put you in touch.

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10 months ago

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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. —-( 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

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.

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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: 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
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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
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2 years ago

Washington Falconers Association

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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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.
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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2 years ago

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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:

See you in Soap Lake!
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WDFW Newsfeed

We are searching the following feeds every 12 hours for raptor-related news. If any are found, links will appear below.

ABC News, CNN, Department of the Interior, eBird, KING, KIRO, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, Reuters, Seattle PI/Times, Tacoma NewsTribune, USDA Avian Influenza, US Fish and Wildlife, USNews/MSNBC, Washington State News

A few high-interest feeds are being piped straight to this page without filtering. The Peregrine Fund has shut down their RSS feed and switched to Twitter, but they don’t tweet very often.

If you know of any other valuable feeds or news sources, please send them to yourWebmavenThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view they can be added to the list.

Hunting could be allowed at 4 state parks

An amended bill that passed out of committee 9-2 this month would set up a pilot project to allow hunting in four state parks — two west of the Cascade Mountains, and two east of the Cascades. Future expansion to other parks would be possible.

Read more: Hunting could be allowed at 4 state parks

Second quarantine set in Okanogan County to control poultry movement

WSDA has adopted an emergency rule to establish a second quarantine zone in Okanogan County; this time around a site in Oroville where avian influenza was confirmed in a flock of mixed poultry and other birds.

Read more: Second quarantine set in Okanogan County to control poultry movement

Avian flu quarantine lifted in Clallam County

WSDA has lifted a quarantine that has been in place in a portion of Clallam County since Jan. 21 due to a case of avian influenza in a backyard flock.

Read more: Avian flu quarantine lifted in Clallam County

Quarantine set in Okanogan County to control poultry movement

WSDA has established a quarantine in parts of Okanogan County around Riverside where avian influenza was detected in a flock of game birds.

Read more: Quarantine set in Okanogan County to control poultry movement

Avian flu quarantine lifted in Benton, Franklin counties

WSDA today lifted a quarantine that had been in place for 21 days in Benton and Franklin counties in response to an outbreak of avian influenza detected in two backyard flocks in Benton County.

Read more: Avian flu quarantine lifted in Benton, Franklin counties

USDA sends team to SE Washington to assist in avian influenza response

USDA and WSDA are responding to two cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry in Benton County.

Read more: USDA sends team to SE Washington to assist in avian influenza response

WDFW seeks public’s help in testing wild birds for flu

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking the public’s help in testing waterfowl and other wild birds for a type of avian influenza that has killed tens of thousands of chickens and domestic turkeys in British Columbia and has recently been detected in wild birds in Washington. An infected domestic guinea fowl has also been confirmed in Oregon.

Washington Gets Federal Help With Avian Flu Testing

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal and state officials are testing wild birds in Washington state to see how far a type of avian influenza has spread.

Avian Flu Confirmed In Washington State Wild Birds


SEATTLE (AP) — Agriculture officials said Tuesday they’ve found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there’s no immediate public health concern.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a gyrfalcon.

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