Dan Cecchini is an Executive Administrator for a public college in central Oregon. He earned a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Basic Science, as well as having earned a degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Operations Management. He began breeding falcons in the ’80s and worked on peregrine falcon recovery in Colorado in the ’80’s. He was a founding member of the Michigan Hawking Club in the early ’70’, then a founding member of the Texas Hawking Association in the early ’80’s. He is a past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of the North American Falconers Association. He is also a past President of the Oregon Falconers Association and a past Secretary and current Board member of the North American Grouse Partnership.
Dan has made raptors and falconry a cornerstone of his family and personal life, with both his son and wife being licensed falconers and active game hawkers. Dan currently flies grouse and waterfowl with his gyrkin and other large falcons with his family. He is very active internationally promoting falconry, raptor conservation, and speaking on the dangers of commercial wind power to raptors.