Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Peregrine Fund founder receives conservation award

In recognition for his work on behalf of birds of prey, Dr. Tom Cade recently received the Sarkis Acopian Award for Distinguished Achievement in Raptor Conservation. Presented by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, the award honors Cade's achievements in raptor conservation and consists of a $10,000 cash prize and a medallion honoring conservationist and philanthropist Sarkis Acopian, Hawk Mountain's largest benefactor.

From a Hawk Mountain press release:

Dr. Cade is recognized worldwide for having developed captive breeding and release programs for birds of prey at Cornell University in the 1960s. His work led to the creation of The Peregrine Fund and, ultimately to the rapid recovery of Peregrine Falcon populations across much of the species’ North American range. His pioneering work led to other breakthroughs in the field of endangered species research, and his techniques were later used on Bald Eagles, California Condors, Harpy Eagles, and other species.

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