The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group was a leader in the work to recover the Pacific States Peregrine Falcon population from near extinction. Today, we build upon this success story with a university based conservation education program that includes: Falcon Nest Cameras, School Assemblies, Citizen Science Participation, University Internships, and Peregrine Falcon Research.

University students learn peregrine falcon natural history and the story of the population recovery in class (College 8 20G, Peregrine Falcons Return) and gain experience working cooperatively with community volunteers for whom observations of wild peregrine falcons has become an important leisure time activity.  They earn internship, independent study, and senior project credit through direct participation in our work.

Keywords: education; peregrine falcon; extinction; education; research

Faculty Director & Contact: Glenn R. Stewart

Location: 
Off-campus
Location Details: 
Field sites can require a transportation.
Targeted Students: 
Students who have taken College 8 20G, Peregrine Falcons Return in winter quarter.
Program Time Period: 
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Compensation: 
Academic Credit
Volunteer
Details: 
Students can get academic credit and can work towards a senior project.
Approximate Number of UCSC Students (Each Year): 
20
Approximate Number of UCSC Students (Since Program Started): 
>50
Year Began: 
2007
Contact: 
Glenn Stewart
Contact Email: 
gstewart@ucsc.edu
Faculty Director: 
Glenn Stewart
Faculty Director Email: 
gstewart@ucsc.edu
Goal(s): 
To use the example of the Peregrine Falcon recovery as an inspiration for tackling today’s environmental challenges, and to involve students and citizen scientists in monitoring the current status of Peregrine Falcons in California.
Program Outcomes: 

See the SCPBRG Bibliography.

See current and past newsletters.

Reports/Articles/Videos: 

See the SCPBRG Bibliography.

See current and past newsletters.

Major(s): 
Biology
Ecology and Evolution
Environmental Studies

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