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Audubon to present ‘ Falcon Fascination’

By Staff | Feb 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Barb Walker

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue President Barb Walker for a presentation, “Falcon Fascination,” on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Walker will provide a unique learning experience about humanity’s epic relationship with the peregrine falcon. Her presentation will highlight the falcon’s natural history and the unusual adaptations that make them successful today. Walker will also have a live falcon in the auditorium for attendees to meet.

Families are welcome to attend. Walker’s presentation is ideally suited for adults and school-aged youths, so bring children or grandchildren. Those ages 16 and under can attend donation free.

Peregrine falcons have had relationships with humans as early as 30 BC. She 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. They 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 houses three crippled peregrines. Each has a unique background, which Walker will reveal.

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. She is a longtime supporter and a full-time volunteer at the Moccasin Lake Nature Park, which includes an education room, raptor care center and raptor housing for permanent residency of its avian ambassadors. Over the years Walker has rescued eagles, ospreys, hawks, owls and kites and has led an osprey platform program with Duke Energy.

PHOTO PROVIDED

This is the eighth of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lecture to be held this season. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.

A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida; those age 16 and under are welcome donation-free.

For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.