Joined: April 30, 2011
I am passionate about all raptors but the Peregrine Falcon is my ultimate, all time favorite. ~~~~ It all began in +/- 1960 when a Falconer brought a young female Peregrine to our school (Grade 6 or so) and explained a very bleak and uncertain future for her species; due to widespread use of chemical pesticides. My heart literally melted at this sad, sad story. ~~~~ Our classroom lovingly named her Cobalt for her beautiful dark blue / grey color. I have had a passionate place in my heart for the Peregrine Falcon ever since and have faithfully followed their recovery from the brink of extinction. ~~~~ Thanks to the banning of the pesticide DDT in Canada and the USA in the 1970’s, and to the tireless work of people like Bob Anderson & Dr. Gordon Court, they have made a dramatic comeback. ~~~~ We have amazingly come from 1 pair of Peregrine Falcons left in Alberta in the 1970’s to an estimated 70 breeding pairs of today. A miraculous recovery, but there is still much to do.