Rachel Peregrine Falcon

Rachel Peregrine Falcon

Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus

Hatch Year: 2015

Non-releasable due to: injured by shooting

Peregrine Falcon Facts:

  • Peregrines are the fastest animal on the planet, reaching speeds up to 240 mph while diving for prey.
  • They were virtually eradicated from eastern North America by pesticide (DDT) poisoning in the middle 20th century but their numbers are growing due to a ban on DDT in 1972.
  • Peregrines nest on skyscrapers, water towers, cliffs, power pylons, and other tall structures.
  • “Peregrine” means wanderer.
  • Rachel is named after Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, which documents the adverse effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of pesticides.

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