Monday, April 27, 2009

The Peregrine Falcons of San Francisco and San Jose

A peregrine falcon defends the nest on banding day
image copyright 2006, Glenn Nevill

Glenn Stewart of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group will give a talk and slide show about the peregrine falcon population in San Francisco and San Jose on Sunday, May 3 at 2 PM in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library of San Francisco. He will discuss the recovery of the peregrine population and will have a falcon with him.

In conjunction with this program, there is a display of falcon photographs by Glenn Nevill and Mary Malec on the 4th floor of the Main Library. This exhibit will be available to view through the end of May.

Photographer Glenn Nevill has been photographing the falcons of San Francisco for several years. See his website for more photos:

Mary Malec has been following raptors as a volunteer with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory for several years. Please see her website at for
additional photos.

All library programs are free and open to the public. The Peregrine Falcons of San Francisco and San Jose is supported by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and is part of the library’s Green Stacks program.

A reading list for falcons and falconry:

A Rage For Falcons by Stephen Bodio, illustrated by Jonathan Wilde. (Pruett Pub. Co., 1992).

Falcon Fever: A Falconer In The Twenty-first Century by Tim Gallagher. (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008).

Falconry Basics: A Handbook For Beginners by Tony Hall. (Swan Hill Press, 2003).

The Falcons Of The World by Tom J. Cade, with paintings by R. David Digby. (Comstock / Cornell University Press, 1982).

Traité de fauconnerie, par H. Schlegel et A. H. Verster de Wulverhorst. (Chasse Publications, c1973).

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