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Join Barb Walker, President of Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue, who will provide a unique learning experience about man’s epic relationship with Peregrine Falcons at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Walker’s Power Point presentation will highlight the Peregrine Falcons natural history, and the unusual adaptations that make them successful today. She will also have a live Peregrine Falcon in the auditorium for all to meet.
San-Cap Audubon welcomes family attendance at this presentation. Walker’s program is ideally suited for both adults and school-aged children. Bring your children or grandchildren for an interesting and educational experience. Children 16 and younger are welcome donation free.
Peregrine Falcons have had relationships with humans as early as 30 BC. Walker will explore this relationship history to include the 12th, 13th and 17th centuries. Peregrines are a global species, and they are intricately linked to mankind’s destiny. Peregrines were listed in the Endangered Species Act in the 1972-1973 time frame. The National Audubon Society’s funding of the International Peregrine Conference was pivotal in the world wide response to DDT/DDE. Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater Florida houses three crippled peregrine falcons. Each bird has a unique background which Walker will reveal in her presentation.
Walker started in Audubon Florida’s flagship Eagle Watch Program in 2003 and has spent 16 years serving as an Audubon volunteer receiving several local and national awards for her service. Walker is a longtime supporter and a full time volunteer at Clearwater’s Moccasin Lake Nature Park which includes an education room, a raptor care center and raptor housing for permanent residency of its avian ambassadors. Over the years she has rescued many eagles, ospreys, hawks, owls and kites and has led an osprey platform program with Duke Energy. Walker truly acts on her desire to protect raptors and the places they need for survival.
This is the last of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society lectures to be held in 2020. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area. A $10.00 donation per adult attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida. For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at www.san-capaudubon.org.