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Passage Peregrine Permits

Friday, September 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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September 8, 2017


           PRESIDENT'S Update

Dear Member,

Well, we weren't going to break this news until it was official, but since folks are already all over social media talking about it, I decided to send out this quick note.


Our hard-earned and long-awaited increase in the number of permits for passage peregrines is set to hit the Federal Register on Monday morning.  It will appear as an announcement and will not require a comment period, which means that additional permits can be promulgated immediately.  As with all of these things, it's not final until it's final, and there is always a chance that the document could be pulled back in the eleventh hour, but as of right now, it looks like quite a few happy falconers are going to be hearing some great news from their state permit offices.   


The number of available permits has been adjusted from 36 each year to 144 (48 for each participating flyway).  Many states knew that this was coming, and in the Atlantic and Central Flyways, numerous permit offices are readying themselves for permit distribution.  States in the Mississippi Flyway are going to need some encouraging.  The announcement clearly states that all 3 participating flyways are in agreement on the recommendation for an increase and that it is intended to begin this fall, so it seems there's latitude for persuasion.  If your state is in question, I strongly recommend designating a single representative to correspond with the state office to ask for the additional permits to be made available immediately. 


I can't tell you how happy it makes me to share this news.  This is cause for celebration.  I could write a book about all of the effort that we've put into this single initiative.  There were a lot of players and countless hours invested in making this happen.  There are falconers among us who question the value of belonging to an organized falconry association.  This particular "win" to me, is a clear example of what falconers can accomplish when they work together.  Please support your state falconry club, and continue to support NAFA.  We are all in this together.




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