Monday, December 30, 2013

Peregrine Falcon Book Signing

A couple months ago, Mr. T & I went to the Audubon Society to meet a local author who wrote a children's book about the peregrine falcons in Portland. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animal in the world. They can dive at speeds up to 242mph to catch their prey. I'm sure this is one of the reasons Mr. T is interested in them.

First we listened to a presentation about peregrine falcons. We learned that by the 1970's these falcons were nearly extinct in North America. Farmers were spraying their crops with the pesticide DDT. This pesticide made the eggshells of the falcons thin & most eggs would break before the chick was ready to hatch. Eventually, DDT was banned in the U.S. and these falcons started making a comeback.

Falcons in the City by Lisa C. Manning
It's a cute story about Frida, a young peregrine falcon, who nests on a bridge in Portland.

The author signing Mr. T's book. She was very nice. Mr. T is a kid who asks many questions. She didn't seem to mind at all. He learned that she illustrated the story with watercolor paintings.

Dark-eyed JuncoWe saw a few wild birds hanging out near the feeders at the Audubon Society.

Anna's Hummingbird

We also watched this mouse try & try to get to the food, but because of that round, clear thing on top he just couldn't get it.

He was very entertaining. We watched him for quite awhile.

Finnegan, one of the Audubon Society's educational birds. Mr. T asked the woman who was holding him all sorts of questions. One was, "What does Finnegan eat?"  She told Mr. T that Finnegan eats quail that have been raised by a local farmer. We found this to be especially interesting since we have quail, too.

Finnegan was hatched with a bad foot, which is why he is at the Audubon Society. He is just beautiful!

This was such a great experience for both Mr. T & I. Mr. T likes to write & is very interested in animals, so this was a perfect way for him to see how those two interests can work together.

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