Leading off, so that children can attend on a school night, Glenn Stewart and a live peregrine falcon will tell the story of the bird’s resurgence from near-extinction.
The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on the planet — its near-vertical dives in pursuit of prey often exceed 200 mph. “Peregrine” is also Latin for wanderer or foreigner, as some peregrines that breed in the upper Arctic migrate as far south as the high central plains of Argentina for the winter.
The magnificent bird of prey almost fell extinct because the pesticide DDT caused the shells of their eggs to thin and break. By 1970, no peregrine falcons could be found nesting successfully east of the Mississippi River, and just two pairs were found to have live young in California. The species has come back from near extinction.
At about 8 p.m., Assemblyman Bill Monning will be introduced for a town hall-style meeting. Monning will talk about the economy, education, parks and other topics that affect residents in the north county.
This will be Monning’s first visit to Bonny Doon since his election in 2008. Rural Bonny Doon Association representatives said he looks forward to familiarizing himself with the community. He will talk about both local and state matters and answer questions.
At a glance
What: Assemblyman Bill Monning and Glenn Stewart of the Predatory Bird Research Group visit the Rural Bonny Doon Association
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8
Where: Bonny Doon Elementary School, 1492 Pine Flat Road, in Bonny Doon.