Dale started working with raptors in the late 60s as a young boy growing up on his family’s farm in Palmetto, GA. He had become interested in birds while watching Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” on Sunday afternoons with Jim Fowler and Marlin Perkins. Dale pursued falconry and continued to work and hunt with his birds while serving in law enforcement. After 27 years in law enforcement, Dale was forced to retire due to a cervical injury. However, his injury did not stop his work with raptors.
Soon after retiring from law enforcement, a job opportunity to work at Callaway Gardens presented itself to Dale. Dale trained their birds of prey and started their raptor programs. He was able to stay and lecture there for four years. Dale had the fortune of working with Jim Fowler, Okeefenokee Joe, and others who later aided him in fulfilling his dream of establishing an educational show and organization called Winged Ambassadors. Over the years, Dale has trained and flown several species of falcons, hawks, owls, vultures, and even eagles. His show ranges from pure falconry shows, to environmental education, to even lectures throughout the southeast
During his leisure time, Dale will often spend time in the fields with his raptor companions, watching them in the skies as the bonds with his birds are fortified.
Dale brings extensive knowledge into his programs and receives support from both Auburn University and his life-long hero and close friend, Jim Fowler.
Jesse Nieto (Volunteer, Retired Marine Infantry)
A Native American (Comanchee Indian), Retired Marine Infantry (1960-1985), two Vietnam tours, one Middle East, two tours as a Drill Instructor, and one tour as NROTC instructor at the University of Illinois, Campaign III; Jesse spent many years travelling the World.
Jesse Nieto retired after 20 years Civil Service at Camp LeJeune N.C. and met Dale at a shooting range. Since then, Jesse has volunteered to help at numerous shows with these magnificent raptors and enjoys teaching others about Falconry.
"To watch the eyes of young people as they see these Raptors, the World is good".
Christian Shallabarger (Falconer)
My name is Christian Shellabarger. I am 19 and a general falconer. I am currently hunting with a tiercel Aplomado falcon. I have been with Winged Ambassadors since 2011. Dale Arrowood was my sponsor for my apprenticeship and after that, I joined his team of falconers and volunteers.
Kevin Keeble (Permitted Falconer, and Coweta County Deputy Sheriff)
In 2005 Kevin attended Jacksonville State University to study environmental biology. In 2008 Kevin was employed by the Coweta County Sheriff's office to begin a career in law enforcement. In 2013, under the tootiledge of Dale, Kevin got his Falconry permit and began practicing the sport of falconry. Since then Kevin has been assisting Dale with educational programs as well learning as much as possible about the sport as well as the birds that allow us to share in that experience.
Marissa Shelton (Volunteer)
Hi, I'm Marissa! I have been an animal lover since I was a little girl! I'm currently studying Organismal Biology at Auburn University and dream of having a career conserving wildlife.
Emerson (Volunteer and Master Falconer in training)
Emerson Miller first got involved in falconry in 2012 at age 11 while attending a veterinarian summer camp at Auburn University. After seeing their birds, Emerson studied falconry for a few months before joining the Georgia Falconry Association and attending falconry meets. Emerson was fortunate to find Dale Arrowood’s programs and began attending nearly every one out of appreciation of the birds. Dale saw Emerson’s interest and knowledge in the birds and offered to take her under his wing. Emerson has been working with Dale Arrowood and Winged Ambassadors ever since, and continues to study raptors, falconry, and the natural world. She hopes to get her falconry license to work with birds of her own sometime in the future.
Miss Tanya (Marketing and Trainer)
Originally from South Africa, I have been in the been in the United States for over 20 years now. I was awarded a Tennis Scholarship and graduated from Kennesaw State University with degrees in Psychology and Marketing. I have been with Winged Ambassadors for over two and a half years. I am what one may call an "animal junkie"! I just love animals, and one cat short of "crazy cat lady".
Greg Shelton (Volunteer and Trainer)
I attended Appalachian State University where I played football. Graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. I have been a police officer with The Fulton County Police Department for 21 years. I am currently the Range Master in charge of firearms training for the department and also a member of our SWAT TEAM. Dale Arrowood was actually my instructor when I was in the Academy. I have stayed in touch with Dale over the years even after he retired. I have him come in and assist me with teaching police cadets how to shoot.
I have been very active with Winged Ambassoders for about 6 months and really enjoy working with the birds. I am currently working on my apprentice falconry certification.
The thing I like most about falconry is being part of something that goes back thousands of years and sharing a sport with the likes ofsome of the most famous people in history like Moses, Isiah and General George Patton.