New Online Shop

Did you miss out on a back issue of the Mews News? Want an extra of those super cool shirts from the anniversary? Want to get a special deal on falconry books from sponsoring authors? We just added a little shop to the site, so you can support NYSFA year and our guest speaker’s year […]

Leah Valerio HPAI Biosecurity

Last Saturday, Director at Large and curator of the Wild Center, Leah Valerio, gave a presentation on straight-forward biosecurity measures you can use to keep your raptors better protected against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Leah is an engaging and highly knowledgeable speaker, and one we are very happy to report is a frequent participant […]

NAFA Call to Action

An APHIS Regulation Update which NAFA has been dealing with is included below. If you’re not a NAFA member, and you are a licensed falconer, exhibiter, educator or rehabber, it’s of critical importance that you keep up to date with these developments – and please comment! Your input is of critical importance. You can snail […]

Birds of Prey Day Canceled

We received the following correspondence from Paul Kupchok of Green Chimneys today: With a heavy heart I am emailing you to let you know that we are canceling Bird of Prey Day due to avian flu. It has been brought to our attention that the bird flu has been found in NY and other surrounding […]

After the Test

By Thomas Rowe, Region 1 Director For a lot of us, getting started in falconry means “passing the state exam.” But really, we that should be the absolute tip of the iceberg – all the work, the real decisions, the effort – comes after the test. Despite that, it’s important to consider each step after […]

May 21, BBQ, Raffle and WNV Vaccine Presentation

On May 21 at the Cavalry House Lodge in Mendon Ponds Park, the WNY hawking crew will be hosting a couple of guest speakers with a barbeque! Hawking and meat, what more could you ask for? We’re also going to have a couple of presentations and discussions, including an opportunity for Q&A. Our featured guest […]

Summer Events are coming!

NYSFA 2022 Calendar of Events Calendar of Summer Events The New York State Falconry Association is pleased to add a calendar of summer picnics and wildlife-oriented events affiliated with or sponsored by the club. These events range from informal hunting trips, to more formal educational picnics and field meets. Please check the schedule for details. Summer Events […]

DEC Alert | Information on HPAI in NYS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ALL NYS FALCONERS The DEC has issued advisement for falconers in managing Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) detected in the Eastern and Midwestern United States andCanada, in both wild birds and poultry facilities. On February 19, 2022 the first case of HPAI was confirmed in Suffolk County, NY in a backyard flock. […]

DEC Update – Annual Reports Due

Teresa Ruiz at the DEC and I had a nice conversation today. It came to my attention that some falconers are having trouble with USPS delivering their annual reports, including items being returned as undeliverable, or just never showing up. If that’s you, Teresa is seeing it too – she’s only got half the reports […]

Field Meet Guest Speaker: Al Jordan

We are pleased to welcome as our Guest Speaker, internationally acclaimed bird sculptor, master falconer, and author. He will be presenting a slideshow of his sculptures, some hands on viewing, and discussing the ways in which his art is informed by falconry. Al’s sculptures About Al Al has been studying and enjoying birds his entire […]