Thursday, March 31, 2022

State Museum Of PA, DEP Host April 8 Webinar On The Rachel Carson Building’s Peregrine Falcons

Pennsylvania State Museum and the Department of Environmental Protection will host an April 8 webinar on the peregrine falcons nesting on the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg starting at 12:15 p.m.

The peregrine falcon population was once eliminated from the eastern United States by use of the harmful pesticide DDT, a pesticide Pennsylvania's Rachel Carson fought against in the 1960s.

After DDT was banned in 1972, efforts were made to reintroduce the species, including to nesting sites in Pennsylvania. 

Successful restoration programs resulted in the removal of the peregrine falcon from the federal endangered species list in 1999 and Pennsylvania’s threatened species list in 2021.

Join the webinar to hear Bert Myers, Director of Environmental Education for DEP talk about falcon natural history, Pennsylvania's successful peregrine falcon reintroduction, and explore a year in the life of the falcons nesting on the appropriately named Rachel Carson State Office Building that serves as the headquarters building for DEP and DCNR.

Presentations will start at 12:15 p.m. and will last approximately 20 minutes followed by a question and answer period.

Click Here to register for the webinar.

Visit DEP's Falcon Cam webpage to watch the falcons nurture their five eggs and keep up-to-date on what's happening.

To learn more about “Teaching Green,” visit DEP’s Environmental Education webpage.

[Posted: March 31, 2022] PA Environment Digest

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