Falcons: Streamlined for Speed

Jun 2, 2018

No other animal on earth flies as fast as the falcon, which as the capability of hitting speeds in excess of 200 mph and looks more like a guided missile with feathers than a bird. Some were hammered hard by pesticides (DDT), causing two of North America’s six species to become endangered species, including the world famous peregrine.

Rocky Mountain National Park played an important role in recovering the peregrine to the extent that it is no longer considered endangered. Learn about this role as well as the evolution and natural history of all six North American species. At least three live falcons will be used to enhance the event. An afternoon field trip will visit historic peregrine release areas as well as current nesting and hunting habitats.