O.W.L.S. to learn about Peregrine Falcons

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames on Tuesday, Dec. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.

Peregrine Falcons are birds of prey that were wiped out by the DDT biocide of the 20th century. They are the literal standard bearer of the Endangered Species Act. Learn how their demise occurred and the recovery efforts that have returned these birds to the Iowa skies. 2015 is an exciting year with five new pairs established along the Mississippi River. Pat Schlarbaum, Wildlife Diversity Program Technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, has worked with these falcons since their reintroduction in 1989.

O.W.L.S. programs are designed for “boomers” or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at 12 p.m. Lunch is catered for a $7.50 fee, and registration with payment is required by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25. The planned lunch menu is honey-baked ham, au gratin potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, and apple pie.

Registration for lunch is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).