Midwest Peregrine Falcon Restoration
Title: Midwest Peregrine Falcon Restoration
Presented by: Amber Burnette, Program Associate, The Raptor Center
Peregrine Falcons were mostly extirpated by the mid-1960s over much of North America, east of the Rocky Mountains and south of the Arctic due in large part to widespread use of pesticides, most notably DDT.
Restoration efforts began in the eastern states with the first experimental releases in the mid-1970s. In 1982, Patrick Redig of The Raptor Center and Harrison Tordoff of the Bell Museum of Natural History and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (University of Minnesota) released peregrines in the Midwest. What has emerged is a well-documented story of a population of peregrines that started at zero and is now close to carrying capacity, nesting on a variety of sites: cliffs, smokestacks, buildings, and bridges. The restored population in the Midwest now inhabits 13 states and parts of two provinces.
Ms. Burnette will cover some of the background and history of the successful reintroduction of peregrines in the Midwest, as well as the contributions of Dr. Harrison, Bud Tordoff and Dr. Patrick Redig. She will also cover some information on individual birds with noted longevity, productivity and distance from fledge site.
Everyone is invited to this free Saint Paul Audubon program on Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairview Community Center, 1910 West County Road B in Roseville, just west of Fairview Avenue. The event is open to the public with free parking. A social time with refreshments begins at 6:45. For more information, call Linda Goodspeed at 651-647-1452.