On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 2 p.m. the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn., is hosting a special program on the recovery of peregrine falcons in the Midwest.
Peregrine falcons are the fastest living creature, able to reach speeds over 200 mph when diving on their prey. Their main diet is medium-sized birds, often waterfowl. Like bald eagles, peregrine falcons were seriously affected by DDT. Peregrine falcons once nested on the bluffs of the Mississippi River valley and shoreline of Lake Superior, but by the 1970ís were absent in their historic range in the midwest.
Peregrine falcon recovery programs have included nest boxes on rooftops in urban areas and on cliff ledges in the river valley. In 2010, 45 pairs fledged 116 young peregrine falcons across Minnesota.
Jackie Fallon has been instrumental in peregrine recovery in Minnesota and will share the success story and whatís happening with peregrine recovery today. Fallon is the Minnesota State Coordinator for peregrine falcons and the Vice-Chair of Field Operations for the Midwest Peregrine Society.
Fallon will be bringing a peregrine falcon to the National Eagle Center for visitors to meet up close.
The National Eagle Center is a nonprofit educational interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha MN. Home to five rescued eagles, the National Eagle Center offers daily live eagle programs as well as interactive exhibits and kidsí activities.