Saturday, November 24, 2018

Decades after getting it started, Racine native still guides state's peregrine falcon recovery

From JSOnline:

The bird specimen bottle had been sealed for nearly 60 years, collecting dust in a storage area at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

In December 1979, Greg Septon, then 27 years old and a taxidermist for the organization, grew curious about its contents.

He held up the jar of murky alcohol and looked for clues. His heart jumped: A notched beak was pressed up against the glass.

A licensed falconer and raptor bander, Septon immediately knew the jar held falcon chicks. Once opened, the container produced three young peregrine falcons.

A tag inside the bottle revealed the birds' origin.

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