[Tweeters] WOS Program - Monday February 6th

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Thu Jan 19 13:18:01 PST 2017


Our next Washington Ornithological Society Program will feature Tate Mason of the Peregrine Fund and the subject will be on The American Kestrel: what’scausing the decline of North America’s most charming falcon?  Speaker: Tate Mason
The American Kestrel isNorth America’s smallest falcon, and one of the most widespread birds of preyin the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately this historically common falcon hasbecome a rare sight in many regions of North America, where populations havebeen declining for decades. The American Kestrel Partnership, a project of thePeregrine Fund, aims to identify why the species is in decline. In this talk, thecurrent state of Kestrel conservation will be discussed with an emphasis on theuse of scientific research to make informed management decisions.


ThePeregrine Fund was founded in 1970 to restore the Peregrine Falcon, which wasremoved from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999. That success encouragedthe organization to expand its focus and apply its experience and understandingto raptor conservation efforts on behalf of more than 100 species in 65 countriesworldwide, including the California Condor, Aplomado Falcon, and AmericanKestrel in the United States.


Originally from Seattle, WA, Tate has spent his life devotedto the outdoors. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from Western WashingtonUniversity and a Master’s in Raptor Biology from Boise State where he studiedthe impact of anthropogenic noise on owl hunting behavior. As EducationDirector with The Peregrine Fund, Tate works to make the science ofconservation accessible to a wide variety of audiences. Tate is currently basedat the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.   (He will also have comments on the possible re-introduction of Condors beyond their current range - maybe even Washington.)


WOS meets the first Monday of each month - October through June.  Meetings are at the Center for Urban Horticulture adjoining the Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill).  Meetings are open to all.  Doors open at 7:00 PM and the formal program starts at 7:30 PM.
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