Upcoming Exhibitions

Peregrine Falcon: From Endangered Species to Urban Bird

West Gallery, opens October 3

Peregrine falcon in flight

Peregrine means “wanderer,” and these falcons nest on every continent except Antarctica. Considered the fastest animal on earth, peregrines live in some of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth. A rare and magnificent
aerial predator, the peregrine has long been a symbol of all that is wild and free.

Peregrines and humans have shared a history for thousands of years, but after World War II, they suddenly began to disappear from North America and Europe. By the 1960s they seemed to be headed for extinction. By the 1970s, the peregrine became a warning sentinel for environmental contamination. In this case, DDT.

Peregrine Falcon: From Endangered Species to Urban Bird tells the incredible story of how falconers, biologists and conservationists joined together to save these raptors and how conservationists today are applying those same methods to other endangered species.

Presented in cooperation with:
The U of M Raptor Center
Midwest Peregrine Society
The Peregrine Fund