MFHT at the MA Outdoors Event

The MFHT participated in the educating the public about falconry and bird conservation at the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo this fall.   This event was held at the Hamilton Road and Gun Club. The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, also known as The Big MOE was a free, family-friendly event designed to introduce young and old to wildlife and the outdoors.

The MFHT was represented by Wendy Pavlicek and her Horned Owl and American Kestrel.

Attracting several thousand attendees, the Big MOE featured a variety of skills stations, craft tables, and other exhibits relating to wildlife and the outdoors. It was an opportunity to try new outdoor skills and activities such as fishing, archery, kayaking, shooting, building a bird box, geocaching, mountain biking, nature arts and crafts. Visitors could see a New England Pioneer encampment, take a peek at live birds of prey and native reptiles, be part of a tree stand safety demonstration and got up close and personal at the 4-H petting zoo. Local sportsmen’s clubs, outdoor businesses, conservation organizations and state agencies sponsored most of the activity stations.

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2018 MFHT Picnic

The 2018 MFHT picnic was held in late September at the Hale Reservation in Westwood MA. Falconers from MA, NH and CT attended, as well as guests and people interested in falconry. It was a pot luck event with many yummy dishes and desserts. Mike Mead set up a weathering yard where 2 great horned owls, a kestrel, a merlin and red tail hawk perched comfortably for guests to observe. The picnic ended with the popular raffle, where donated items are raffled off to support the club.

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MFHT at Women in the Outdoors

Diane Welch, Kim Meiners and Wendy Pavlicek shared their knowledge of falconry and raptor conservation at the Women in the Outdoors Event run by the National Wild Turkey Federation in Princeton MA. Women from all over New England attended to learn about bird of prey and hunting.

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Winter Field Meet

Rocco Addeo and Bill Hatch hosted a fun day of hunting and hawking this January.  It was beautiful, warm day for a New England winter and many falconers and spectators attended the meet.  Game was plenty, the birds had several slips (opportunities to catch rabbits).  These meets are as much about hunting as they are the camaraderie between fellow hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. Thanks to Diane Welch for taking photos.

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MFHT Picnic

It was a beautiful day at Robinson State Park. The MFHT had their annual picnic and falconers, families and interested folks from across the state came to share good food, laughs and memories. Thanks to our hosts Mr. & Mrs. Tobin for their hard work. Bruno DiDuca did a great job at organizing items for our raffle.Thanks to all who had personal items and food to donate. Thank you to Mike Meade for setting up a protected weathering area for the birds.  We even celebrated the 90th birthday of falconer Edward Phillips-Happy Birthday!

 

 

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The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo

The MFHT participated in the educating the public about falconry and bird conservation at the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo last weekend.   This event was held at the Hamilton Road and Gun Club. The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, also known as The Big MOE was a free, family-friendly event designed to introduce young and old to wildlife and the outdoors.

The MFHT was represented by Wendy Pavlicek and her Harris Hawk, Great Horned Owl and American Kestrel.

Attracting several thousand attendees, the Big MOE featured a variety of skills stations, craft tables, and other exhibits relating to wildlife and the outdoors. It was an opportunity to try new outdoor skills and activities such as fishing, archery, kayaking, shooting, building a bird box, geocaching, mountain biking, nature arts and crafts. Visitors could see a New England Pioneer encampment, take a peek at live birds of prey and native reptiles, be part of a tree stand safety demonstration and got up close and personal at the 4-H petting zoo. Local sportsmen’s clubs, outdoor businesses, conservation organizations and state agencies sponsored most of the activity stations.

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Mass Wildlife Open House 

It was a beautiful day with over 1800 attendees at the Mass Wildlife Open House this weekend. The MA Falconry and Hawk Trust educated the public about falconry and birds of prey. Club members Bill Johnston, Mike Meade, Joe Gomes, Arthur Menezes, Wendy Pavlicek and Bruno DiDuca represented the club. 

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