Art Show Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Return of Peregrine Falcon from Brink of Extinction
28 July 2009
Ten years ago, a large international crowd gathered at the World Center for Birds of Prey for a four-day celebration as the Peregrine Falcon was officially removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List. After nearly being wiped out by DDT, the Peregrine Falcon today can be found throughout its historical range in North America.
The Peregrine Fund is celebrating the 10th anniversary of this remarkable recovery with a display of 22 stunning photographs of Peregrine Falcons by award-winning photographer Nick Dunlop of Sebastopol, Calif. The show opens Saturday, 1 August, and runs through 31 October in the gallery at The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey interpretive center, 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane. Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m. dailyAdmission:
$7 general, $6 seniors, $5 youth ages 4-16 (art show included in general admission)Information:
"We are delighted to feature the incredible work of this eminent wildlife photographer," said Jack Cafferty, interpretive center director at the World Center for Birds of Prey. "This is a great opportunity for us to showcase one of the most successful conservation stories in U.S. history."
All photographs may be purchased, with proceeds to benefit The Peregrine Fund.
The Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 to begin a captive-breeding program for Peregrine Falcons for release to the wild. The organization became a leader in the falcon recovery effort and released 4,000 birds to the wild over more than 20 years. Today, The Peregrine Fund is working on behalf of 87 raptor species in 61 countries worldwide.
About the photographer
Nick Dunlop's love for birds of prey started in high school when a friend got him interested in falconry. About the same time, he picked up a 35 mm camera and has been taking pictures ever since. Merlins, Peregrine Falcons, and Golden Eagles are his favorite subjects. Dunlop is a regular contributor to American Falconry Magazine, The Peregrine Fund publications, and newspapers. In 2005 he won a National Wildlife Magazine photography competition with his image of a Belted Kingfisher. His images are featured in "Falcons of North America," published in 2008. http://www.nickdunlop.com/Background on Peregrine Falcon delisting