Beatrice was born in spring of 2002 in the San Francisco Bay area. In her reckless first months from the nest, she made a bad choice and broke a wing, a death sentence for an aerial hunter. She was discovered flightless by some kind humans, given the best veterinary care and rehabilitation. She recovered enough to fly a bit, but not enough to survive in the wild.
The fact that there are peregrines falcons in California is a miracle. In 1964 had disappeared from the eastern United States and only a few hundred pairs were left in the west. The pesticide DDT, hunting bounties, and human disturbance had almost wiped them out. They were an indicator of the damage we were doing to our environment and the damage was massive. We had to do something.
DDT was banned in North and South America. In 1970, the Peregrine Fund was founded. Biologists and falconers (who were just ordinary citizens) worked together to breed peregrines, release them into the wild and monitor them. And the peregrines began to come back.
By 1999, the peregrine was back in historic numbers. The peregrine falcon is one of the greatest conservation success stories of our time. Now, you can catch a glimpse of this falcon in cities and wild open spaces throughout the country.
Never doubt that you can make a difference. It was just regular people who saved the peregrine. And together we can do more.
Beatrice went into a breeding a project and had many adorable little peregrine chicks. Today, she is retired and living with her falconer, Rebecca, who works for Rivers & Lands Conservancy. Beatrice loves natural, wild and open spaces and so does the conservancy. So, when she can, Beatrice share the story of her species. The land we preserve is the future of so many species that depend on it.