Office of the Secretary
Embargoed for Release:
August 20, 1999

Contact: Cindy Hoffman (202) 208-3008
(FWS)Jamie Workman (202) 208-6416 (DOI)
Jeff Cilek (208) 362-3811 (Peregrine Fund)

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BABBITT: BIRDS BOUNCE BACK FROM BRINK

Interior Secretary To Mark Endangered Species Act ‘Trifecta' Trend with possible final delisting of Peregrine Falcon, just weeks after proposals to delist Aleutian Canada Goose and Bald Eagle

In Boise, Babbitt joins wildlife officials, scientists, leaders of Peregrine Fund, Raptor Center and Predatory Bird Research Group to hail ESA recovery of world's fastest bird

Boise, Idaho August 20, -- The world's fastest bird may soon become the first bird to fully graduate off the endangered species list across America. This Friday, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt plans to announce in Boise whether the peregrine falcon is no longer endangered, marking one of the most dramatic comebacks in wildlife history.

Babbitt: "The Bald eagle. The Aleutian Canada goose. And today, the Peregrine falcon, the fastest raptor in creation. It's a spectacular summer for America's great birds. But beneath the wings of all their recovery stands America's great law: The 1973 Endangered Species Act. Just another success story proving...it works."

Who
Babbitt, Peregrine Fund, Avian Officials and Scientists
What
Possible Final Delisting of Peregrine Falcon
When
9:30 -10:30 a.m. Mountain Time on Friday, August 20, 1999
Where
Peregrine Fund World Center for Birds of Prey
566 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, Idaho 83709

15 minute television feed: Friday, Aug. 20, 2 pm EST. Satellite Telstar 5, C-Band, Transponder 6, downlink frequency 3820 horizontal, Azmuth: 97 degrees west longitude

**Editors' note: B-roll, Radio Actuality and still photographs of peregrine falcons are available. Interviews with Service employees and other pioneers in the falconry community are also available. Press materials are available on the Service's website at www.fws.gov

-DOI-

release #: r99-073


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