Thursday, April 19, 2018

Auction to Benefit Youth

We can support the pigeon racing hobby by ensuring our youth have a good start and thereby perpetuate the sport for generations to come.  The Northwest Juniors Racing Pigeon Club is a great example of a project that has worked for over 15 years.

Jim Gabler shared that America's Dream Loft has a history of supporting the sport in many ways and their plan for the fall is an Auction of the Legions.  Jim said, "That auction will bring top donated birds and hopefully we can get only birds that are winners or who have bred winners.  It will be an internet auction followed by a live auction.  ADL will organize and do all the promotion and work with the income from the sale going to the kids."

The Northwest Juniors RPC was selected as the recipient based upon the founder's 16 years of experience doing the right things for kids.

They are looking forward to this happening in the fall, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to take part in a project that benefits the future of the hobby of racing homing pigeons.

Mount Pleasant Pigeon Club Benefit Race

In the Winter 2017-2018 Update newsletter, we shared that Charlie Klipsch and the Mount Pleasant Pigeon Club developed an event to benefit the Lafayette Industries special needs workshop.  Support is expected to triple!

Last year - 
The only people invited to the race day event were the donors and any press Charlie pre-screened.  They did a series of 4 releases in order to include demonstration of orientation, exercise and conditioning and then the race. . . It was such a unique activity that the organization wants Charlie to repeat it next year.

Here is an update from Charlie outlining this year's event - (April 16, 2018) 

Charlie was at a meeting last week regarding the Lafayette Charity Fundraiser Race in September.  

These are the things that are confirmed so far.

On Friday Sept. 14th:

1) 100 "Doves of Peace" release at 1:00 P.M.
2) Picture taking with at least 10 special needs people holding pigeons.
3) Written messages to be sent with pigeons to be read the next day.
4) Speech about pigeons and the fundraiser sponsorship for the races the
     next day
5) The "Mayor" of the City of Manchester and Office Staff will be in
6) The City Aldermen will be there
7) The City Police Chief and staff
8) The Fire Department with Truck etc. on display
9) A special group of women volunteers, to handle the free "hot dog day" for
     the 350 workshop people
10) And of course the Mount Pleasant Pigeon Club will be there
11) The street will be blocked off from traffic to help create a gala affair.

On Saturday Sept. 15th:

1) Expecting about 150 - 200 people in Charlie's back yard to view the races
2) Two races involving 25 pigeons in each race 30 minutes apart
3) A reading of the messages sent by the special needs people from the day
4) Distribution of the gifts for the winners
5) Acknowledgement of the benefactors, corporate sponsors, and local
6) Present a trophy and award for the M.V.P. (most valuable pigeon for the
     "Most Valuable Person")
7) Presentation of the money collected to the C.E. O. of Lafayette Industries

Enjoy some pictures from last year . .  

Corporate Sponsors

70+ people attended in 2017.

The race birds landing.

Where's My Pigeon?

April 14, 2018


Hi all!

We have been trying the GPS tracking devices on our pigeons and we are finally learning how our pigeons come home from Idaho to Montana over the last 100 miles of pure Rocky Mountain terrain. It is amazing to see pigeons flying across high mountains at 9,600 feet. Some of the peaks are 11,000 feet high. We are getting the data of birds taking some very different routes.  With the amount of snow on some of these ranges now they must have an incredible view from up there.  (!)   What we are getting now with via the GPS is every three minutes we have the location, elevation and speed of the bird, which then is transferred to the map.  I'm attaching one of the race maps. 

What we have learned so far is that they are not following the roads or rivers and it looks like mountains are no obstacle to them.  Montana is not a place where we can train pigeons to come home in a straight line.  They need to be trained from 360 degrees because their venturing into the mountains can guarantee unexpected conditions and unfamiliar territory.   

Need a larger image?  Click here.

As Jim Jenner wrote once about our Montana-bred pigeons, "These are rock-solid, badass, find-their-way-from-anywhere, long distance mountain homing pigeons, my friend."  Now we have the proof. 

This is just the beginning of tracking.  It will be amazing to learn more as we move with the technology.  I am not associated with the GPS company, but if you'd like to try it, here is a link to order it.  We've found it works well. 

Dusan Smetana