Charity of the week
Fifty years ago, the peregrine falcon was on the brink of extinction in the U.S. The soon-tobe banned chemical pesticide DDT had built up in the food chain, with deadly consequences for the apex predator. But a recovery effort was hatching at the Peregrine Fund ( peregrinefund.org). Founded in 1970 by Tom Cade, then a Cornell University ornithologist, the nonprofit developed a captive breeding program that resulted in thousands of peregrines being released into the wild. In 1999, the bird was taken off the U.S. endangered species list. Today, the Boise, Idaho– based fund uses its experience and understanding to support raptor conservation and research efforts in some 30 countries, including programs to save the American kestrel and endangered vultures in Asia and Africa.
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