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!
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.
Bill Hatch and Rocco Addeo hosted a fun day of hunting and hawking this February. It was beautiful, strangely 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) and Jon Schuster with his red tail went home with a rabbit in the game bag. Other attendees included Rita T. from New Hampshire with her Red tail, Bruno with his Red tail, Mike M. with his Great Horned Owl and MA fish & Wildlife falconry coordinator, Erik. These meets are as much about hunting as they are the camaraderie between fellow hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.
It was a beautiful day at the MFHT summer picnic! Good food, great friends/families and wonderful conversations catching up on the off season. Diane Welch, Kim Meiners and Wendy Pavlicek brought their birds for viewing. We would like to thank Falconry Coordinator Erik Amati, Northeast NAFA director Joe Kasakowski, photographers Paul Topham & Courtney Sepeck and many others who were in attendance. Another big thank you to the Westford Sportsmen’s Club for allowing us to host our event at their beautiful property.
Every year we hold a raffle for a chance to win gear, equipment and gifts related to the sport of hunting with birds of prey. We would like to thanks our generous sponsors : Northwoods Falconry, Western Sporting, Mike Dupuy, and the many falconers who donated items as well.
The Westford Sportsmen’s Club welcomed the public to its 200 acre facility on Sept 26th. The MFHT was well represented with Kim Meiners and her kestrel, Damian Folch and his peregrine and Diane Welch and her red tail. They set up an informational table on the sport and history of falconry.