If you ever wanted a passage peregrine please get out your pen. This was taken from our Member George Ricter on our Facebook page (Originally from NAFA Email) Facebook Message
Message from the President
In the last newsletter, I asked members to help their local club presidents draft letters in support of our eagle-falconer constituency. This week I am asking you to participate in another letter writing campaign. On the 24th and 25th of July the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central flyway councils are scheduled to meet. NAFA annually sends a recommendation to each flyway council to increase the passage peregrine take to a number that more accurately reflects the 5% which was allocated to falconers in the environment assessment (EA) conducted by the USFWS. The current number of permits (36) has not been changed since 2009. During this time the number of states participating in the trapping season has steadily increased. Flying a passage peregrine is still a “bucket list” item for many within our membership, but an ever-increasing demand for permits and a limited supply based on dated policy makes obtaining one difficult. The attached letter gives you a good idea of the message that needs to be delivered. Feel free to use it as a template or draft your own. I have also included the names and addresses of the individuals who need to hear your voice.
I would like to bring a matter to your attention and request the consideration of the Atlantic Flyway Council to increase the number of passage peregrine falcons for use in falconry.
The Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyway Councils have been authorized by the USFWS to allocate permits to capture passage peregrines to participating states. Since 2009, the USFWS has allocated a total of thirty-six (36) permits annually to the three flyways combined. With an increasing number of participating states, and the current allocation set at twelve (12) permits per flyway, this is an insufficient number of permits for the number of falconers that want to apply for permits annually.
The environmental assessment (EA) conducted by the USFWS has indicated that up to five percent (5%) of the population could be taken with no or with minimal impact on the species. Recent studies continue to document increases in the number of peregrines in both Canada and the United States and the currently allowed number of thirty-six (36) permits is far less than the five percent (5%) threshold.
From a biological perspective, the normal mortality rate of these young birds is as high as seventy percent (50%-70%). Most, if not all states have documented significant increases in fledging success for peregrines and breeding pairs now occupy territories such as bridges, tall buildings in cities, and sites heretofore never heard of or identified. The peregrine has adapted extremely well to urban environments.
I respectfully request the ( NAME OF FLYWAY) Flyway Council join with the other Flyway Councils and write the Service Regulations Committee to request an increase in allocation to at least thirty-six (36) permits per flyway for a total of one hundred eight (108) permits. This increase in number of permits from a total of thirty-six to one hundred eight (108) is still well below the five percent (5%) threshold identified in the EA
We will continue working with the flyways and the USFWS to accomplish this increase in a manner that is biologically responsible and conservative.
Thank you for your consideration of this request and I eagerly await your response.
Three individual letters addressed to:
Atlantic Flyway Tech Section Chair
John M. Buck, Wildlife Biologist
Nongame Bird Project Leader
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
5 Perry St., Suite 40
Barre, Vermont 05641
Mississippi Flyway Tech Section Chair
Karen T. Cleveland
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
PO Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909
Central Flyway Tech Section Chair
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
506 Hayter Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
CC on each letter to:
Dr. George Allen
Division of Migratory Bird Management
US Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Pacific Flyway Tech Section Chair
Avian Conservation Program Coordinator
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
1594 North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84114