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