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Dr Tom Cade (1928-2019)
Ornithologist, Conservationist, Professor, and Falconer
THE world of wildlife conservation, raptor research and falconry is in mourning following the death on February 6 of Tom Cade.
Members of the EFFC Council of Patrons have issued the below statements following the news:
I worked with Tom for over 40 years. Like many brilliant men, Tom was extremely demanding, expecting nothing less than excellence in himself and those around him.
Tom was unique in his ability to unite disparate groups among falconers, government, the conservation community, and industry to create one of the largest and most successful endangered species recovery efforts in history.
Tom Cade was always careful to recognize the important contribution that falconers had made to the successful recovery of the Peregrine Falcon and I can think of no individual in the history of North American falconry that has done more to enhance the public perception of American falconry and its practitioners than Tom Cade.
Jacques Peter Jenny (Past President and CEO of The Peregrine Fund)
Tom Cade was an absolute legend. A scientist and a falconer, he pioneered hands-on conservation techniques that incorporated thousands of years of falconry knowledge. Without him, peregrine falcons would no longer be flying across North American skies, and The Peregrine Fund would not exist. He was an inspiration to both scientists and falconers, and in person was a true gentleman: quiet, patient, generous with his time, and with a wry sense of humour. I will never forget the long conversations I had with him in the early 2000s while in Boise, which showed me again and again that at the heart of his life was that miraculous, beautiful, and astonishingly strong bond he had with raptors, particularly falcons. His work will continue, and he will never be forgotten in the disparate fields and cultures in which he, and his work, made a difference. The world is a colder, smaller place for his passing, but his inspiration lives on.
I am deeply sorry and sad to hear that Tom Cade is no longer with us. He is irreplaceable and his kindness and passion will never be forgotten.
I spent a lot of time with him in Abu Dhabi and visited him many times at the Peregrine Fund in Boise. I have for many years regarded him as a close personal friend and mentor that taught me dedication, consistency, and that sincerity to our goals always guarantees success in conservation. The warmth of his personality allowed me to be part of his thoughts and dreams at times.
His work with the Peregrine Fund, the restoration of the Peregrine Falcon and the inspiration he gave to so many people will endure for a very long time. He will inspire many people all around the globe for years to come. There will be a great emptiness left by Tom’s passing but the strength of his legacy is in the conservation of birds of prey, and especially his willingness to engage with young people and share knowledge with them. May that legacy be honoured in his memory.
I will certainly cherish the time we spent together over the years. I especially remember Tom’s kindness, humanity and great virtue.
To his family, loved ones and friends across the falconry and conservation world, please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time.
H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi
EFFC contributes to publication of landmark project about falconry’s historical and archaeological heritage.
A new four-volume document has been published that marks the largest project ever concerned with documenting falconry’s historical and historical and archaeological roots.
Raptor and Human: Falconry and Bird Symbolism Throughout the Millennia on a Global Scale contains more than 100 articles from experts around the world. It is edited by EFFC Culture and Education Expert Karl-Heinz Gersmann and Oliver Grimm of the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology.
This monumental work has been made possible by the contributions and donations of a number of falconry and hunting organisations.
EFFC is proud to have made a financial donation to assist in the production of this fascinating project that will serve to enrich Falconry's cultural standing even further.
Some of the questions addressed in Raptor and Human include:
How old is falconry, and where does it come from?
How is it practised?
How could it spread so far and wide?
Which symbolic meanings have been ascribed to falconry and raptors?
What is so special about the raptor-human relationship?
What influence has raptor propagation had on falconry and raptor conservation?
To find out more about this publication or to purchase a copy, click here.
Rabat, Morocco: EFFC has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with the High Commission for Water, Forests and Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLCD) from the Moroccan Ministry of Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests.
Signed by Mohamed Endichi, Director of Fight Against Desertification and Nature Protection on behalf of HCEFLCD, and EFFC Chairman Jose Manuel Rodriguez Villa, the MoU establishes an agreement to work together on general conservation but more specifically on electrocution of raptors in Morocco.
The signing took place as part of a workshop held in Rabat on May 14-15 about the impact of electricity infrastructures in Moroccan’s birdlife organised in co-operation with IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and HCEFLCD.
During the workshop, EFFC Conservation and Welfare Expert Dr Andrew Dixon gave a presentation on Electrocution of Raptors in Mongolia, and how falconers, as stakeholders, reacted to counteract the huge losses, particularly of Saker Falcons. He also outlined key data and ways to mitigate the problem.
Presentations were also given by HCEFLCD, Junta de Andalucia and other international and local NGOs, electricity companies, and interest groups.
While Morocco is outside of Europe, it is an important crossroads for migrating European birds of prey such the Imperial Eagle, Bonellis' Eagle and Honey Buzzard.
Some exciting news as EFFC sets off on its important mission - we are set to sign an MoU with authorities Morocco that will go a great way towards protecting wild raptors in that region. This is a great achievement to begin our endeavours with and is a welcome reward for the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes by our team.
Morocco is a key territory for migrating European raptors, but research by HCEFLCD, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and Junta de Andalucía has revealed that more and more electrocutions are occurring on poorly constructed power lines in the region. Fixing a problem on this scale involves co-operation at state level so it is with the utmost importance that we begin a process to make these power lines safe and ensure that there is minimal risk to raptor species perching on them.