Event: The Kestrel Show – Six Seasons & The Future of Falco sparverius

Date: Thursday April 09, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

Please join us on April 9th at 7:00 pm at the Fairfield-Cordelia Library, for an amazing presentation by Holly Jessup & a live falcon! (NSAS Event)


On Valentine’s Day 2014 a pair of small falcons, American Kestrels (Falco sparverius), discovered a nesting opportunity in the backyard of our suburban home in Benicia, CA. We were instantly riveted by “The Kestrel Show” that followed, via this incredibly up-close window on their lives that featured frequent dramatic developments: Daily we laughed, cried, cheered, worried, and celebrated.

In this presentation I will share the story of “our” Kestrels, which has continued for six consecutive nesting seasons so far – and I will also review the population status and conservation outlook for these charismatic birds of prey that were once very common.

An awesome LIVE falcon will help conclude the program, with the incredible and inspirational story of the rebound of Peregrine falcons, courtesy of Jenny Papka's educational non-profit organization, Native Bird Connections (http://www.nativebirds.org/).

Holly Jessop, MS, MSPH, PhD is a scientist with degrees in astronomy, computer science, public health, and conservation biology. She currently is an epidemiologist at the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento but is otherwise obsessed with all things avian (especially raptors). https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollyjessop/

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