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March 21 Lecture Series Program: Peregrine Falcons

Join us on THURSDAY, MARCH 21 for our monthly “We Are Sauk Prairie” program series. The program is entitled: The Recovery, Management and Future of Wisconsin’s Peregrine Falcons.

When: Thursday, March 21, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac WI

Greg Septon (Peregrine Manager & Researcher with Peregrine Management & Research, LLC) and Bill Smith (retired DNR conservation biologist & volunteer with the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation doing surveys of nesting Northern Goshawks and Peregrine Falcon ) will be our presenters.

Summary:  This richly illustrated presentation will provide an overview of Peregrine Falcon recovery efforts in Wisconsin between 1987- 2018 with a focus on Sauk County and the Lower Wisconsin River. Topics will include recovery methods and approaches utilized in the creation of an urban nesting population along the Lake Michigan shoreline, nest box designs and urban nest site management issues. This talk covers dispersal of hacked and wild-produced falcons, nesting chronology, prey species, overwintering, environmental contaminants and the role of electric power generating plants in the recovery of the population. The reoccupation of historical cliff eyries along the Mississippi River, Devils Lake and the Door Peninsula will also be covered. The future of the Peregrine Falcon in Wisconsin will be discussed.

The “We Are Sauk Prairie” presentations are free and open to the public.  The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.

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