Peregrine Falcon: From Endangered Species to Urban Bird

In these times when we faces so many threats to our environment, it is wonderful to have an example of a species that was brought back from the abyss to now become a symbol of nature's resilience in our urban centers. The Peregrine Falcon exhibition tells just such a story. Using specimens, objects, interactives, video and graphics, this exhibition looks at the biology, behavior and near demise and remarkable recovery of these amazing birds.

Through illustrations and falconry paraphernalia, visitors are introduced to the long history the peregrine falcon has shared with humans. A diorama introduces viewers to a peregrine on its natural eyrie. In another mini-diorama, a model of crushed and cracked eggs resting on a rock ledge helps visitors understand the terrible toll DDT and other pesticides had on peregrine populations. Peregrines were nearly wiped out as a result of DDT contamination, and their plight was a key factor in the establishment of the Endangered Species Act and in the banning of DDT.

The exhibit shows how a small group of dedicated people devised a plan to captive breed and release birds. Releases into the wild often failed, but peregrines succeeded spectacularly when released from downtown skyscrapers. Today there are more peregrines living in Eastern North America than before DDT. They have recolonized their historic cliff nest sites, and have become dramatic members of our urban communities.

This exhibit was developed by the Bell Museum in collaboration with the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, and other raptor conservation groups throughout North America.

Exhibit includes
Dioramas, peregrine mounts and specimens, peregrine hack box and nest box, interpretive panels, peregrine art and photo galleries, videos, mini-theater, kit of education activities and materials.

Space required
Approx. 2,500 – 3,000 sq. ft.

Fee
$12,000/12 weeks

Security
Moderate

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