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When founded 50 years ago by Tom Cade at Cornell University, The Peregrine Fund’s mission was to save the Peregrine Falcon from extirpation in the United States. Almost 30 years later in 1999 we celebrated success when the species was removed from the US Endangered Species list. The recovery of the Peregrine Falcon was one of conservation’s greatest success stories, one that embodied the tenacity, teamwork, and collaborative partnerships that we practice every day.
Today, our mission is global and includes all raptor species. We are responding to 21st Century conservation challenges with a new strategic plan based on the conviction of our founders—“…we will succeed by using science to inform decisions and by not accepting failure as an option”—so that by the year 2050 we will have helped create a vision of success in which bird of prey populations and their ecosystems thrive; we have enriched the lives of local communities where we work and improved their future; we have earned the reputation to serve as global experts on birds of prey and their conservation; and raptors are valued by all people. Our strategy centers on achieving four major outcomes, to:
- Save species facing imminent extinction
- Sustain landscapes of special conservation value to raptors
- Tackle landscape level threats affecting multiple species, and
- Inspire people to value raptors and take action, to include developing raptor conservation leaders worldwide.
Since inception, we have worked on behalf of more than 100 species in 65 countries worldwide, we have trained and supported over 130 professionals in raptor ecology and conservation, and over a million people have been inspired by our education and outreach programs at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise and elsewhere.
Learn more about The Peregrine Fund at www.peregrinefund.org