Welcome to the flock!

November 4, 2019

Meet Palisade, the newest team member to join The Raptor Center!

Palisade is a female peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) hatched in the spring of 2019. This particular falcon was purchased with the support of a generous TRC donor from a falconer who teaches biology at Stillwater Area High School. Falconers have played a large part in the recovery effort of peregrines through breeding programs such as these. Our newest feathered colleague will work with us as an educational ambassador, teaching others about the history of peregrines, their natural behavior, and what we can do to help them and other raptors.

In the wild, peregrine falcons can be found nesting on steep cliffs and on tall buildings and structures in urban areas. Palisade was named for Palisade Head, a steep rock formation in Tettegouche State Park along the shores of Lake Superior. This rocky cliff has been a nest site for peregrines over the years, so it was fitting to give TRC's new falcon a name that reflected the natural history of peregrines in the state of MN.

Palisade is still in training but will soon to be joining the rest of our education team on programs and tours - we can't wait to introduce you in person. But you can watch Palisade in a Facebook Live video on Thursday, November 14, at 2pm. Follow us on Facebook!