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Peregrine Falcon slideshow: Thursday, Nov. 19 in Ukiah

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  • katemarianchild
    TOP CALIFORNIA EXPERT ON PEREGRINE FALCONS TO SPEAK IN UKIAH The peregrine falcon, sometimes referred to as master of the hunt, is the fastest bird on earth.
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      TOP CALIFORNIA EXPERT ON PEREGRINE FALCONS TO SPEAK IN UKIAH

      The peregrine falcon, sometimes referred to as "master of the hunt," is the fastest bird on earth. Capable of diving at speeds up to 273 miles per hour and cruising horizontally at up to 68 miles per hour, this raptor hunts other birds, often killing them during a high-speed dive with a single blow of its balled-up talons. Once common in North America, peregrines were virtually extinct in the East by 1965; by 1975 western populations had fallen by 90%. The culprit? DDT and other environmental toxins.

      Thanks to hard-working scientists and amateur bird lovers, these noble birds of prey have made a spectacular recovery in the west. In fact, it is now possible to see them regularly in Mendocino County, where we have more nesting pairs than any other county in the nation. Dr. Monte Kirven, a key figure in California's peregrine falcon success story, will give a slide presentation in Ukiah on Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m., at the Ukiah Civic Center. Dr. Kirven helped pass the federal legislation that banned DDT and spent many years studying the peregrine population in Mendocino County.

      This Peregrine Audubon Society presentation is free to the public, but donations are welcome. For more information please go to www.peregrineaudubon.org.
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