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The Peregrine Fund, an international organization established in 1970, focuses on birds to conserve nature. Goals include restoring species in jeopardy, conserving habitat, educating students, training conservationists, providing information to the public, and scientific research. One of the peregrines raised by Dan O’Brien was destined for this group.



The Raptor Resource Project is a non-profit organization working to restore the population of peregrine falcons and other birds of prey in the Midwest.



The Raptor Education Foundation, based in Colorado, offers a wealth of information about a variety of raptors, including peregrines.



The Falconry Information Clearinghouse offers a wide variety of links to Internet resources regarding the art of falconry.



The Falconry & Raptor Education Foundation site offers loads of details on the sport and art of falconry, plus facts and information about the birds and links to other sites.



The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota is an excellent source for information about a large variety of birds of prey.



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers information about endangered and threatened species in the United States and abroad. Information on plants, animals, hunting and habitats is plentiful.



Most should be available via libraries, bookstores and the Internet.


Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, 1962

This classic book – foreseeing a bleak landscape devoid of insects and birds, and pointing out the harm of widely used chemicals to humans – shocked the world. Carson’s book was instrumental in igniting the environmental movement and inspiring restrictions on pesticides and herbicides in North America and Europe.


Beyond Silent Spring by David B. Peakall, 1996

This book looks at the issues raised by "Silent Spring" some 30 years later.


Peregrine Falcons by Candace Sherk Savage; foreword by Adrian Forsyth, 1993

The book tells the story of the decline and the recovery of the falcon population and urges readers to be guardians for wild species.


Life Histories of North American Birds of Prey, Parts I and II by A.C. Bent, 1961

An encyclopedic collection of information about more than a hundred different subspecies of hawks, eagles, falcons, buzzards, condors, and owls.


Hawks, Eagles, & Falcons of North America by P.A. Johnsgard, 1990

A comprehensive review of 31 species of raptors that breed in the U.S. and Canada.


North American Falconry & Hunting Hawks by Frank Lyman Beebe and Harold Melvin Webster, 1964, reprinted with updated information, 1994.

The all-inclusive guide to the sport of falconry covers everything from diet to training to selection and more.


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