Anatum Peregine Falcon (Quixote) (Falco peregrinus anatum) is CRWN’s latest ambassador of the sky. Quixote came to CRWN from a generous donation from world renown breeder of falconry birds Bill Murphy. Quixote is 70 days old and is a captive bred Anatum Peregrine Falcon. He is in the initial stages of fledging. Quixote will be flying free in a very short time. Our visitors, students and clients will be able to observe him in full flighted lure demonstrations and falconry excursions. The Anatum Peregrine also known as the American Peregrine Falcon was taken off the endangered species list in 1999 thanks to the The Peregrine Fund, and falconers who were instrumental in a large captive breeding and release effort nation wide to save the Peregrine Falcon from extinction.
When it became clear in the 1960s that Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles and other birds of prey were in trouble due to the effects of DDT, they set their sights on stopping the slide to extinction. Led by Peregrine Fund founder Tom Cade, then a professor of Ornithology at Cornell University, pioneered methods of breeding Peregrine Falcons in captivity and successfully releasing them to the wild.
CRWN is honored to have the opportunity to have Quixote as one of our flighted ambassadors of the sky. CRWN offers birds of prey classroom presentations, field trip programs, day trip outings, and camp-outs.