Every spring, the peregrine falcon and her mate return to the same cliff to hatch and raise their young. But this year is different. The pairs don’t know it yet, but they will lose most of their eggs — the first clutch to scientists and the next to the harmful effects of the pesticide DDT.
The story of a peregrine falcon and her mate’s struggle to raise their young is told against the backdrop of scientists’ efforts to understand the raptor’s alarming decline in the wild.
Even after the pesticide is finally banned, the world’s fastest bird must still depend on scientists and volunteers to help it recover and thrive once more.
Celia Godkin is an award-winning children’s author, biologist and scientific illustrator. She introduces the reader to the amazing record-breaking raptor while documenting an incredible success story that is sure to inspire a new generation of naturalists. She lives in Eastern Ontario.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth