In September 2001 we visited Etobicoke's Eatonville Junior School with our young male peregrine falcon "Oscar". Below is a letter from the school:
This is a quick thank you for your wonderful and extremely informative presentation that you did at our school for our grade 4 and 5 students. The students of Eatonville come from an economically and socially diverse neighbourhood in Central Etobicoke where the majority of their free time is spent inside their apartment buildings. Until this presentation they were not aware that falcons or other birds of prey could be found in their own backyards. Getting students to see their neighbourhood as an ecosystem is sometimes a difficult concept to grasp, but with this presentation, the students were able to see that even a city is part of nature.
Being provided with the opportunity to see a live peregrine falcon up close was a special treat, as it reinforced to our students that these are real, live animals and not just pictures in a book. Hearing about the long lasting effects of chemicals like DDT and the impact it still has on our own environment and the organisms in it was moving for many students.
As a result of your presentation, many of the students have been logging on to your website, keeping their eyes open from their apartment buildings looking for peregrine falcons and independently researching the effect that other chemicals have had and are having on our environment.
Thank you for a wonderful, entertaining, and informative presentation. I hope that the Canadian Peregrine Foundation can not only come back to visit our school, but has the opportunity to visit other inner city schools in the Toronto District School Board.
Kevin Armstrong, Terry Mancinelli, Paul Nishijima
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