Middle school students up through life-long learners will enjoy participating in our new virtual speakers’ series, “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.
- Thursday, May 28 at 1 pm (MDT) -Michael Henderson presents, "Gyrfalcons: Sentinels for a changing environment"
Fascination with Gyrfalcons is deeply rooted in The Peregrine Fund’s history: Tom Cade, our founder, was among the first to publish research about them. Later, our long-term studies in Greenland revealed new information about the species. As concerns about our changing climate began to mount, we already had the unique expertise, partnerships, and data to address the unknown. Learn more about these arctic specialists and the work we are doing to better understand their relationship to their shifting world.
- Thursday, June 4 at 1 pm (MDT) -Hana Weaver presents, "Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks: Saving a bird on the brink of extinction"
Even before Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the entire recorded population of Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks was just 75 individuals in the 2017 breeding season. We feared the worst after the hurricanes in September, wondering if any bird could survive sustained winds of 155 mph. Sifting through the remains of the flattened forest in early 2018, we found a small miracle: at least 19 Sharp-shinned Hawks survived. With few nest trees remaining and very little prey, we went to work. Learn all about the efforts that are helping this species to come back from the brink.
- Thursday, June 11 at 1 pm (MDT) -Dr. Sarah Schulwitz presents, "The American Kestrel Partnership: Working together to solve a mystery"
American Kestrels are North America’s most plentiful falcon, guarding cityscape ledges or hovering over rural roadsides to hunt rodents and insects. This small falcon is familiar even to casual observers, but a look at population levels reveals a perplexing mystery: continent-wide, kestrels have declined by nearly half since the 1960s. Learn how our scientists are collaborating with citizens and researchers to discover the reason for the decline of these pint-sized predators.
- Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm (MDT) -Marta Curti presents, "Community, education, and raptor conservation in Panama and the Dominican Republic"
As our scientists have traveled to the far reaches of the globe, we have made important discoveries about birds of prey; but equally important are fresh insights into human behavior. We have learned that people who come to understand a raptor’s role and life history will gladly make accommodations that allow them to thrive. And we’ve found that when raptors are part of a holistic picture that includes economic incentives — like local jobs, ecotourism, education, or sustainable food — people become champions for birds of prey. Learn how we are engaging communities in Panama to save the Harpy Eagle and in the Dominican Republic to save Ridgway's Hawks.