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OFA Officers

Jonathan Coleman
President

Chris Kimble
Vice President

Bart Russell
President-elect

Shane Bullard
Treasurer

Rob Huber
Secretary



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Name?

Peter Tirrell


How long have you been an OFA member?

12 years


Positions in OFA?

Secretary and Field Meet Organizer 

Where do you live?

Norman, OK



Job or School?

Formerly Associate Director of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (I retired this year); still teaching as Adjunct Professor for Museum Studies Program Online, OU College of Liberal Studies; also doing private consulting work



Family?

Wife (Sally), two sons, two grandchildren



What got you interested in falconry?

I was always interested in birds from an early age. When I was 14, I was working a part-time job for the Massachusetts Audubon Society at one of their bird sanctuaries. I was handling Kestrels, Broadwings, Red-tails, and other birds and giving little programs for visitors. We invited Heinz Meng, pioneer falconer in the US, to come and give a falconry demonstration. It was the most exciting thing that summer! I can still hear the bells of his prairie falcon! I also spent time recording information and photographing in a blind at a Broadwinged Hawk nest. From then on, I was really interested in raptors. When I was in graduate school in North Dakota. I spent 3 years doing field research on Red-tails, Horned Owls and Swainson's Hawks for my Master's degree. In 1972, I obtained my first falconry license in Minnesota and flew a Red-tail. BTW, the license cost me $10 and I bought it at the City Clerk's Office, no questions asked but he had never sold one before. However, I had to put falconry on a hiatus until year 2000 while raising a family and working.

Who was your sponsor? (or mentors and influences?)

Oscar Pack was my sponsor (bless his soul!). I have learned from nearly every falconer I met, but I seem to have learned the most from working with my apprentices when I helped them get started and practice falconry.


What birds do you currently fly?

I am flying a female Red-tail (10 years), a male Harris (7 years), and a Kestrel (1 year)


What birds have you flown in the past?

Red-tails, a Horned Owl, Kestrels, and a Broadwing



What was your favorite bird and why?

Over time, favorite birds will probably always be Red-tails but whenever I see any raptor, I am fascinated by it.



What birds do you plan to fly or would like to fly?

I have more the soul of an austringer - I like the company of short wings - but I hope to fly a Prairie someday.



Favorite Quarry?

At the moment, rabbit clan.


Do you have other animals?

A Blue Healer dog but have had various birds and reptiles.



Favorite falconry story?

I have read several books, or stories, that have been inspirational. The following come to mind: The Rites of Autumn by Dan O'Brian, Golden Eagle Country by Richard R. Olendorff, and Musings of an Afghan Falconer by Sirdar Mohamed Osman. I also like the stories in Game Hawking at Its Very Best (various authors). I've enjoyed the Desert Hawking series of stories by Harry McElroy. I like hearing about the personal experiences of my apprentices and fellow falconers - most falconers love to talk about their birds and I hear the good, the bad, and the ugly!


Favorite quote?

"… falconers must be pragmatic, willing to discard what seems not to work, and eager to seek a better way".

- Jim Enderson



What is the best tip that you would give someone new to the sport?

It's very important to read and ask questions before getting into the sport and to keep doing it after getting into the sport. It seems that some falconers don't bother to keep learning and to keep an open mind.



Who have you sponsored?

Gary Clements, Heather Clements, and David Price


What goals do you have for your falconry experience?

I enjoy learning more about raptors. Falconry also is a very personal experience for me that keeps me in tune with the birds and the environment but at the same time allows my mind to think about the real and abstract influences that raptors have had on human history, culture, arts, and society. I have a long term interest in falconry as intangible heritage. I try to contribute to the practice through organizations such as OFA, NAFA and The Archives of Falconry.



Contact Info you want public?

You are welcome to contact me at:

home phone: 405-364-5580 (leave a message)

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Social Networks?

Facebook - you are welcome to contact me 


Anything Else?

I've enjoyed reading about other falconers in Oklahoma, thanks for this feature!


 
 

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