Raptor Research Foundation
A BRIEF HISTORY of the RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Following those horrific decades from the 1930s to the 1950s when most folks shot and poisoned raptors as “good-for-nothing chicken-hawks”, bird of prey populations were next subjected to a barrage of chemical abuses ranging from both the direct and indirect effects of pesticides and industrial by-products, e.g. organochlorines and organophosphates, polybrominated biphenyls, heavy metals and rodenticides. Unable to reproduce their numbers, several raptor species, e.g. peregrine falcons and bald eagles, teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1970s. But it was not all bad news – there were also people out there who cared, i.e. falconers, academics, educators, rehabilitators, government biologists. And together, they organized an “army” to help birds of prey. That army today is called the Raptor Research Foundation (RRF).
The Beginning of RRF
The very first meeting of the RRF occurred in Madison, Wisconsin, USA in September 1965 following a major conference on the status of Peregrine Falcon populations held there the year before. A group of 13 concerned people met to decide what to do about the apparently declining peregrine populations.
Our members include the world’s leading raptor specialists, as well as professional scientists, educators, wildlife managers, conservationists, students and amateur raptor enthusiasts. The Raptor Research Foundation is dedicated to the accumulation and dissemination of scientific knowledge about raptors. Join today and help us resolve raptor conservation issues on an unprecedented international scale.
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