Peregrine Falcon: Stories of the Blue Meanie

Paperback | March 1, 2005

byJames H. EndersonIllustratorRobert Katona

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A superb success as a bird, combining great speed, aeronautical grace, and fearlessness...inhabitant of wild places, inaccessible cliffs, and skyscrapers...worldwide dweller, trans-equatorial migrant, and docile captive—the peregrine falcon stands alone among all others of its kind. Perhaps this is why so many varied people rushed to its aid when it faced decimation by pesticide poisoning.

In this personal and highly entertaining memoir, Jim Enderson tells stories of a lifetime spent studying, training, breeding, and simply enjoying peregrine falcons. He recalls how his boyhood interest in raptors grew into an ornithological career in which he became one of the leading experts who helped identity DDT as the cause of the peregrine falcon's sudden and massive decline across the United States. His stories reveal both the dedication that he and fellow researchers brought to the task of studying and restoring the peregrine and the hair-raising adventures that sometimes befell them along the way. Enderson also seamlessly weaves in the biology and natural history of the peregrine, as well as anecdotes about its traditional and widespread use in falconry as an aggressive yet tractable hunter, to offer a broad portrait of this splendid and intriguing falcon.

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A superb success as a bird, combining great speed, aeronautical grace, and fearlessness...inhabitant of wild places, inaccessible cliffs, and skyscrapers...worldwide dweller, trans-equatorial migrant, and docile captive—the peregrine falcon stands alone among all others of its kind. Perhaps this is why so many varied people rushed to i...

JIM ENDERSON is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 10.03 × 7.02 × 0.54 inPublished:March 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292706243

ISBN - 13:9780292706248

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionI. The Nature of the FalconII. My Early SearchesIII. First Wild PeregrinesIV. First SurveysV. Disaster DecadeVI. Big RiverVII. Northern PeregrinesVIII. Falcons on the BeachIX. Early Falconry in North AmericaX. The Timely Invention of Peregrine HusbandryXI. Searches in Far PlacesXII. Peregrines Regain the SkiesXIII. The Better-Known MeanieXIV. Peregrines and PeopleEpilogueBibliography

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A well written, accessible, and ultimately uplifting tale of survival.