Ridgway's Hawks

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Speakers' Series Program

Saving Species: Virtual Speakers' Series 2

Middle school students up through life-long learners will enjoy participating in our new virtual speakers’ series - part 2, “Saving Species”

This four-part series will include a new 30-minute presentation by one of our field biologists each Thursday afternoon for four weeks. These talks will take you “behind the scenes” to see what it’s like to be out in sometimes grueling conditions day after day to save species from extinction. There will be time at the end of each presentation for you to ask questions of our biologists and take an even deeper dive into the incredible work they do.

Recordings of each presentation will be made available to anyone who signs up for the series.

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Schedule:

Thursday, April 30 at 1 pm (MDT) - Dr. Chris McClure presents, “What exactly is a raptor?”
People have long been fascinated by birds of prey...there's just something awe-inspiring about their grace, beauty, and fierceness...but do you know what makes a raptor a raptor? By the end of this presentation, you'll understand exactly why we classify some birds as raptors, while other don't make the cut.

Thursday, May 7 at 1 pm (MDT) - Dr. Ralph Buij presents, “The Mara Raptor Project in Kenya”
From valuable vultures to the iconic African Fish Eagle, The Peregrine Fund has been working to save all of the Masai Mara's raptor species. Find out what's going on right now out in the field from our director of the project.

Thursday, May 14 at 1 pm (MDT) - Brian Mutch presents, “Saving the Aplomado Falcon in Texas”
In the 1950s, the Aplomado Falcon was extirpated from the United States primarily due to habitat loss. A few decades later, The Peregrine Fund decided to bring back the species through captive breeding and release. Today, the falcons are doing well along the gulf coast of Texas, and our biologists are teaming up with private citizens to rebuild their native habitat.

Thursday, May 21 at 1 pm (MDT) - May 21 – Dr. David Anderson presents, “Inspiring Future Conservation Leaders to New Heights”
Did you know that up to 60% of all species of plants and animals on Earth live in the tops of forests? Did you also know that training biologists around the world is one way The Peregrine Fund achieves its conservation impact for raptors and their habitats? David will share an inspiring story about how we are teaching biologists from developing countries the specialized methods to safely climb trees as tall as 10-story buildings where they can study birds of prey, orchids, small animals, and so many other forms of life.