Frank M. Bond, one of the four individuals who founded The Peregrine Fund in 1970, died of cancer on December 25, 2013, at age 70 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Frank was an attorney by training and provided legal counsel for the organization, served on the board of directors, and was instrumental in the effort to save the Peregrine Falcon from extinction. His ability to work with people from all walks of life won him friends around the world. He was eloquent and a skilled negotiator among private land owners, conservationists and government entities over the often contentious issues around saving the falcons and other raptors.
Frank developed a love for the outdoors as a young man growing up in rural New Mexico. His lifelong passion and pursuit of falconry began when he was 20 years old, culminating in his service as president of the International Association of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey and as counsel to the North American Falconer’s Association. He is also credited with having falconry recognized as a cultural heritage by the United Nations.