In January 2001, we visited London's Arthur Carty Public School with our ten-year-old female peregrine falcon "Qetesh". Below are four of the drawings sent to us by students following the presentation, accompanied by letters from three other students:
||Dear Mr. Nash,
I really enjoyed it when you came to my school, Sir Arthur Carty and talked about Peregrine Falcons.
What I thought was really interesting was that Peregrine Falcons live in the city! The reason why I thought this was interesting was because usually these types of birds would live in cliffs or high rocky places with food they can eat.
I also thought how the Peregrine Falcons die was interesting too, because it's like a food chain. The bugs eat the plants, the rodents eat the bugs, the birds eat the rodents, and the Peregrine Falcon eats the smaller bird. All because of a few bugs that got sprayed by DDT.
But what I really liked was your Peregrine Falcon Qetesh, she was beautiful. I really liked how big her wings can expand to, and that the black under her eyes was to keep the sun out of her eyes. Also those things in her nose to stop her eyes from popping out when she's flying or doing a really fast dive.
Well I know I learned a lot about Peregrine Falcons when you came.
Dear Peregrine Falcon People,
I really liked your presentation yesterday. I never thought peregrine falcons could be so cool. I liked the falcon's feathers, they were so pretty! Her legs looked rubbery and her beak looked sharp, so I'm glad you had her on a leash.
My class and I went to your website and we were allowed to print out a picture from it. My favourite picture was of one of your birds, but I forget her name. I thought she was so cute.
I have a question. The guy who came in to see us said that a couple of years ago there were zero peregrines around. And I don't really understand that because now there's four. Can you tell me how these four are alive now?
Response: The peregrine falcon became extirpated from Ontario in the 1960s, and for many years there were none in the province at all. Release programs began in the late 1970s, so there were once again some peregrines in the province, but none of them were ever observed breeding. When a pair raised a family in Toronto in 1995, it was the first time in over 30 years that peregrines had reproduced successfully in southern Ontario. The reason that the population is growing now is that peregrines have been released to the wild from captivity, and some individuals have come to Ontario from other provinces and states.
Dear Mr. Nash,
I raelly liked it when you came to Sir Arthur Carty and taught us about the Peregrine Falcon. It was very fun! I hope you will come again sometime. I think everyone enjoyed it! The Peregrine Falcon was really beautiful. I thought it was cool how you grabbed our attention about something interesting and slipped in the educational stuff.
Hope to see some Peregrine Falcons nearby!
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