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.
The Peregrine Fund's Virtual Speakers' Series - Session 4
Thursday, June 25 at 1 pm (MDT) - Chelsea Haitz and Aaron Wuori present, "Saving a critically endangered species through captive breeding"
California Condors would almost certainly be extinct if not for breeding programs, which started in the 1980s with the last 22 condors removed from the wild. We manage the world’s largest captive California Condor population, totaling more than 60 condors including the two on view at our visitor center. In 25 years, we’ve raised more than 270 California Condors. Learn all about this delicate process from two of our experts!
Thursday, July 2 at 1 pm (MDT) - Dr. Brian Rolek presents, "The science of saving endangered species: the Aplomado Falcon"
The Aplomado Falcon was extirpated from the United States in the 1950s primarily due to habitat loss. The Peregrine Fund has been working to restore a self-sustaining population to Texas's Gulf Coast. Learn about how we're using science to understand the best strategy to conserve this species and help their population to grow.
Thursday, July 9 at 1 pm (MDT) - Dr. Darcy Ogada presents, "Northern Kenya, community conservation, and the Coexistence Co-op: working together to save Africa's vultures"
In 2018 we began the Coexistence Co-Op, a collaborative project with Lion Landscapes to reduce poisoning and the human-predator conflict that triggers it. We conduct community-based coexistence training to raise awareness about the dangers of poisoning and to teach locals how to build predator-proof bomas (corrals). One of our trainees helped to save a girl’s life when poison was used to attempt suicide.
Thursday, July 16 at 1 pm (MDT) - Tate Mason presents, "The World Center for Birds of Prey: training the next generation of scientists using the lens of raptor conservation"
The World Center for Birds of Prey is the heartbeat of The Peregrine Fund’s education programs. Situated in one of the most densely populated raptor regions in the world, it is an international destination for 50,000+ people a year. The Center provides free school tours for more than 4,000 students annually, engaging students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning focused on the scientific method through the lens of our global conservation projects. Learn how this effort is inspiring people to make a difference for conservation efforts worldwide.