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  • 30 Jun 2019 11:18 PM | Debby Farley (Administrator)

    Please join us in celebrating the life of Earl Nowakowski.

    Thursday, July 11th, 4-9pm.

    We are gathering at The Grove in Glenview, IL (Redfield Estate) to share our wonderful memories of Earl during his time here on earth. Refreshments and drinks will be served. We welcome you to bring your funny stories, pictures or anything you may have that reminds you of what an awesome man he truly was! 

    Earl was a Graphic Artist by trade but so much more than that... He was a Falconer, former president of the Great Lakes Falconers Association, his son's youth football coach, an assistant coach to his grandsons football team where his son was head coach of the team. He was an avid fisherman. He loved building projects to support his falconry and was also an amateur photographer. Earl loved music and played the guitar. He was loved by everyone who met him! 

    Please call Mike Nowakowski if you have any questions at 
    224-276-0966
  • 30 Jun 2019 11:11 PM | Debby Farley (Administrator)

    The Passing of Phil Willis

    Sept. 8, 1948 – June 26, 2019

    Phil Willis passed away the morning of June 26th  very peacefully. 

    Phil got into falconry around 1962-63, and was an early member of GLFA. Over the years, he held the positions of Director and President on the GLFA Board. He was influential in the Chicago Peregrine Release Project, but limited his involvement due to his objection of mixing genes of the various peregrine subspecies for breeding and releasing of their progeny, which he referred to as “mongrels.” He felt strongly that only pure-blood anatum peregrines should have been utilized for recovery efforts.

    Phil was very involved in pursuing the delisting of the peregrine in Illinois on behalf of GLFA. Phil, along with Rob Sulski, deserves the lion’s share of credit for getting the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board to finally accept the reality that peregrines were fully recovered. This was no easy task and it took many years to accomplish, long after it was federally delisted.

    Phil served in the U.S. Army and spent time in the Viet Nam conflict with many stories to tell – some funny, some not. As a matter of fact, Phil was never short on telling stories, and I don’t necessarily mean “fish stories.” His falconry adventures were too numerous to recall but you were sure to hear some of them every time you spent a little time with him – and they were always interesting.

    He was extremely knowledgeable of falconry and raptor breeding; and what a memory for details! I was always amazed on how much detail he could recall on all things related to raptors. He was like an encyclopedia. 

    He will truly be missed by many.

    Rest in peace my friend!

    Bill Murrin

    Services will be held at:

    Glueckert Funeral Home

    1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd.

    Arlington Heights, IL60004

    847-253-0168


    July 10th 3:00 PM to 8 PM

  • 27 Jun 2019 9:40 PM | Debby Farley (Administrator)

     A legand in the falconry community for over 50 years.

    More information will be posted when it has been made available.

  • 16 Nov 2018 10:26 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    We have posted the 2018 GLFA Gauntlet inside the members area. Please login and take a look. Gauntlet 

  • 06 May 2018 8:44 AM | Mark White (Administrator)

    2018 GLFA Game Dinner and Raffle

    Please join us for our Annual game dinner and raffle featuring guest speaker Rob Palmer. 

    View The Event

  • 03 Jan 2018 8:12 PM | Mark White (Administrator)

    All falconers, friends and family are invited to join us in Champaign-Urbana, IL for our annual winter field meet. Historically Champaign has had great access to and numbers of game. Cottontail rabbits, pheasants and ducks are all within minutes of the meet hotel. We will be hosting dinner at the meet hotel with guest speaker Abby Duvall speaking on raptor first aide in the field and having a falconers raffle the night of the 10th.Meet registrants will receive a GLFA field meet tee shirt and dinner on the 10th.Please pre-register for this meet as we need a head count verification prior to the event for food and tee-shirts. We can not guarantee that we will have a tee shirt available for you if you show up at the event without being pre-registered. Please come and enjoy the friendship and excitement. Hope to see you there.


    http://greatlakesfalconers.org/event-2762989

  • 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. 

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