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Eagle Falconry Revival

$6,659 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 8 months
Created November 26, 2018
Wyoming Eagle Falconry Initiative

The International Eagle Austringers Association (IEAA) Board is funding a concerted effort to reestablish falconers' access to immature Golden Eagles in Wyoming.    We plan to financially support a small group of falconers/scientists to be on the ground in Wyoming during the 2019 lambing season to document Golden Eagle predation. These falconers and/or scientists would live near the lambing grounds and work directly with ranchers in order to; witness lamb predation, have USDA on site to confirm, and secure a USDA Form 37 documenting eagle depredation. While the IEAA is planning to take the lead on this, we are hoping for matching funds from NAFA, other falconry groups, and from the eagle falconry community to fund and possibly expand this program. There is a desire to have the depredation documented in a scientific manner and to potentially publish the results. We are focused on Wyoming because of the State's extensive history with eagle falconry, the State's proven willingness to give falconers access, and the presence of key Wyoming ranchers expressing an interest to participate. It is currently proposed for at least two, and hopefully more, $500 grants to falconers and/or scientists who are willing to do this for a ten day period. The IEAA Board has committed $1000 for this. We plan to ask  Western State falconry groups to pitch in and we are confident some individual IEAA members will pitch in. We are establishing this "Go Fund Me" project to solicit help from falconers throughout the World. We hope that everyone who reads this request will be inspired to help by giving to this effort during this Holiday Season.   Your financial help with this effort will go along ways to ensuring there is a future for Golden Eagle falconry in the United States. There are fewer than 100 eagle falconers in the United States.  While we are likely the smallest group of hunters in the U.S., our gratitude for your help will be unlimited.  We have a one page description of this effort that can be distributed to folks who are interested and qualified to participate in the field.  Folks having an interest in being actively involved in this should contact Mike Barker or Linda Kellogg.
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Hello Everyone - I am sending this update for two reasons. First, I want to share some good news with all of you. Second, I want to make sure we are providing you with proper assurances regarding your gifts to this fund raising Initiative.

The International Eagle Austringers Association (IEAA), the North American Falconers Association (NAFA), the Falconry Fund, and everyone associated with the eagle falconry community want to thank all of you for being such great friends and supporters. You have delivered on every request we have made. We have raised over $7000, including the $1000 from the IEAA, with your support and generosity. Also, we have had more than 10 qualified falconers/scientists apply to be our eyes in the field during the 2019 Wyoming lambing season. In fact, several "teams" have applied. Thanks to all of these volunteers, we will be able to place multiple folks in the field during the lambing season. We have identified at least four distinct ranching areas in Wyoming where we will focus these efforts.

GoFundMe has asked me to provide some additional information to you in order to make sure we are being properly transparent with all of you. While the IEAA initiated this fundraising effort, I am the administrator for these funds. This responsibility has fallen to me as the President of the IEAA. GoFundMe has asked that we begin withdrawing the funds. I have initiated the withdrawal process and I am placing your donations in an account at my local bank, Manhattan Bank, in Bozeman, Montana. These funds will remain in that account until we have made final selection of the falconers and scientists who will represent us in the field. Then I will distribute a portion of these funds, about 40-50%, to our field representatives to help with their initial expenses. The remainder of these funds will be distributed over the course of the field work, and the final payments will be distributed when the falconers/scientists have submitted their reports to the IEAA. I do not plan to use any of your donations for myself. I do not anticipate there will be any money left over at the end of this initiative. If there is, it will be placed in the IEAA's general account that is maintained by Linda Kellogg, and we will use that money for the next initiative, yet to be determined.

Since our fund raising effort has been successfully completed, this may be the last update submitted to this GoFundMe site. If you want to track future progress for this initiative, I recommend you contact Linda Kellogg at 14926 SW Stallion Drive, Terrebonne, Oregon 97760 and join the IEAA. If you are on Facebook and a licensed eagle falconer or want to be a licensed eagle falconer, you can request to be admitted to the IEAA's Facebook page. You can also contact me by email at mjbarker53@hotmail.com. Wishing you all the very best in 2019, Mike Barker
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Wishing a Merry Christmas and wondrous Holiday Season to Everyone - The Eagle Falconry Community has been pleasantly heartened by your generosity and support. We have exceeded our goal. Today, the day before Christmas, Albert Eddins's gift put us over $5000. In addition, the International Eagle Austringers Association has donated $1000. Earlier this month, we asked NAFA to match that $1000 gift, and they did more than that and donated $1500. This $7500 "fund" will enable us to put several people in the field during lambing to document eagle predation. Now we need one more thing from you and your friends -

We need boots on the ground, i.e. volunteer falconers/scientists to assist this effort in the Field. We have had several folks express an interest in spending time in Wyoming this Spring. We anticipate most, if not all, of the field work will occur in May. We are asking each volunteer to give us at least 7-10 days of your time. If you can be one of these citizen scientists, you need to let us know (in writing or by email). The application will only take a few minutes of your time. Here is a summary of the process to follow in order for you to be included in the field work - This application process is open to the general falconry and raptor research community. Applications must be submitted to Linda Kellogg, IEAA Secretary/Treasurer no later than December 31, 2018. Contact information for Ms. Kellogg is 14926 SW Stallion Drive, Terrebonne, OR 97760. If you want to email your information, then send it to me - Mike Barker. My email address is - mjbarker53@hotmail.com Applications should include a brief outline of; 1) biographical information and qualifications for the applicant, 2) proposed methods and equipment (vehicle type, optics, etc.) for documenting depredation, 3) applicant’s logistics plan including lodging, transportation, remote communication capability, etc., 4) at least two references, and 5) any other information applicant feels inclined to include such as prior experience working with ranchers and around livestock. Successful applicants will be paid $750 to help cover expenses.

I've attached a favorite photo of a young male Golden Eagle who Jocelyn and I hunted with a few years ago, Skookum. A friend, Becca Skinner, took the photo of Skookum in a full stoop on a pheasant. I hope to be a part of this again, in the near future. Your support is moving us a few steps closer.

My best regards to everyone and hoping the New Year brings great things for all of you, Mike Barker
Chairman, International Eagle Austringers Association
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Hello Friends and Supporters; This afternoon, Joan Marie, took us over our initial goal of $2500. The International Eagle Austringers Association is overwhelmed by your generosity and your passionate support for eagle falconry. We underestimated the level of support for eagle falconry in the United States. We would like to thank everyone. Today the Falconry Fund became a partner in this initiative. So we have raised our goal to $4000. That is our final goal and we will not raise it beyond that. If you decide to donate over our goal, we will do everything in our power to make sure it is spent towards the Eagle Falconry Revival and associated initiatives to get falconers access to passage Golden Eagles.

Here is why we raised our Goal - We originally hoped to have as many as four falconers/scientists in the field monitoring open range lambing in four ranching areas in Wyoming. We also planned to conduct this field monitoring over a ten day period. We were hoping we could find four hard working individuals able to commit ten days for a meager grant of $500. That's only $50 per day and won't cover a person's food, beverages, shelter, and gas. But we were hoping we could find four folks willing to make the sacrifice. Well, we may be surprised. We have had eleven falconers/scientists, several who appear to be qualified both as falconers and scientists, express an interest if their schedules will allow. And this initiative isn't even a week old. So we are hoping to increase our odds a bit by monitoring the four ranching areas for twenty days. We don't want to ask folks to give more than ten days of their time, so we will need eight falconers/scientists to give us this twenty day coverage. That will cost $4000. We may also need to rent four satellite phones for the twenty day period. If we do, that will cost about $1200. This will give us the ability to contact the ranchers and USDA agents so we don't have to leave the monitoring area if it doesn't have cell phone coverage. This won't always be the case, but many of these ranches are pretty remote. The final four ranch areas have not been selected yet and we will be working on that over the next couple of months. We would like to be able to offer the falconers/scientists more than $500. But we can't do that without more money. So we raised our goal.

We sincerely ask each of you to continue to share this GoFundMe site with your friends and other falconers. Please let us know if you want to be one of the falconers/scientists in the field. Here is a summary of the process for you to be included in the field work - This application process is open to the general falconry and raptor research community. Applications must be submitted to Linda Kellogg, IEAA Secretary/Treasurer no later than December 31, 2018. Contact information for Ms. Kellogg is 14926 SW Stallion Drive, Terrebonne, OR 97760. Applications should include; 1) biographical information and qualifications for the applicant, 2) proposed methods and equipment (vehicle type, optics, etc.) for documenting depredation, 3) applicant’s logistics plan including lodging, transportation, remote communication capability, etc., 4) at least two references, and 5) any other information applicant feels inclined to include such as prior experience working with ranchers and around livestock. Successful applicants will be notified on or around January 15, 2019. Successful applicants will be paid 50% of the grant, $250+, prior to beginning the effort and the remainder after the field work is complete and a summary report is submitted to the IEAA.

We'll close this update with a photo taken by ​Wyoming artist Greg Beecham at the 2017 NAFA Eagle Falconry Meet, and the painting he made as a result, called Feathers and Dust.

Sunny Days for everyone, Mike Barker
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Hello Everyone - The International Eagle Austringers Association is overwhelmed by your generosity and the support we received in the first day. We have raised more than 50% of the goal. Clearly, there are a lot of falconers who want to see passage eagles back on the gloves of fellow falconers. As of this writing, we/you have raised over $1600. A huge shoutout to Justin and Becca Searle. And also to everyone else who has contributed. I don't even know most of the donors, but now you are my best friends. I want to assure you we are going to put in a serious effort between now and May, 2019. The money we raise is going to enable us to put several people in the field during lambing to document eagles doing what eagles do to survive. We have already had several (more than six) serious folks express a strong interest in spending time in Wyoming this Spring. So your generosity is going to allow us to put dedicated and hard working falconers/scientists in the field in an effort to revive access to passage Golden Eagles. For those of you who don't know me, I have been a falconer since 1973, and my girlfriend at the time was my "sponsor" and got me started in hunting with a Ferruginous Hawk. We got married, and still are after more than 45 years together. We hunted with Golden Eagles in Wyoming and Montana in the 70's and have been totally captivated by them ever since. I'm telling you this so you can see that I am serious about this, and passionate about this. Your money is in good hands. Our team is going to be careful in selecting the falconers and scientists who get involved in this effort. We are going to do everything we can to ensure good relations with the ranchers cooperating with us. There are no guarantees, but our team is going to give it our all. We probably won't withdraw any funds for awhile. If we raise enough, we might be able to have more folks in the field for a longer period of time, thereby increasing our chances of getting USDA to document eagle predation of lambs. So please share this with friends and other falconers who are interested in eagle falconry. It would be wonderful to exceed our goal and raise as much as $4000, plus the funds from the IEAA and NAFA. I've included a picture of me, just so you can see I'm a real person. My best regards to everyone, Mike Barker
Chairman, International Eagle Austringers Association
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Created November 26, 2018
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