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Return of the Peregrine Falcon
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Featured Speaker: Jackie Fallon, State Coordinator, Missouri Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program, and VP, Field Operations, Midwest Peregrine Society
The use of pesticides like DDT throughout the 1940s –1960s nearly decimated peregrine falcon populations. This graceful bird, which can reach speeds of over 200 mph in a dive, is known for its dramatic migration and amazing flight and has long fascinated people across the globe. Through the efforts of many conservation groups working in different states, over two hundred nesting pairs of the once endangered peregrine now reside in the Midwestern United States, where 40 years ago, there were none.
Photo Credit: courtesy Wild Canid Survival and Research Center
Don’t miss Missouri Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program State Coordinator, Jackie Fallon, as she talks about the past, present and future of this charismatic bird in Missouri and throughout the Midwest. With more than 20 years of experience monitoring nesting sites in the Midwest, Minnesota and North Dakota, she has a wealth of exciting stories to share about both the bird’s biology and peregrine recovery efforts that have brought the species back to pre-DDT population numbers. Want an up-close look at this cosmopolitan bird of prey– leave your binoculars at home, Jackie brings a live peregrine for viewing!
Free public seminars highlight conservation science and global conservation issues and efforts supported by the Saint Louis Zoo and other wildlife organizations. Junior Academy members, middle, and high school students are encouraged to attend. Reservations are not required.
All Conservation Conversations are held in the St. Louis Zoo Living World auditorium and parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.
Conservation Conversations Co-sponsored by: