Back to All Events

Evenings with Audubon: Peregrines of Chicago and Beyond- Back from the Brink

  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 330 North Orchard Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

Once on the Endangered Species List and extirpated in Illinois from 1951 until 1986, the Peregrine Falcon population is now soaring past historic levels.  Mary's presentation will take us through the monumental recovery of the Peregrines in Illinois. As the majority of the population now lives in an urban habitat, learn what it means to live in close proximity - even as close as a nest on a window-ledge - to this remarkable bird.

The talk will be held on the UW-Madison campus at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discover (330 N. Orchard St.), in the DeLuca Forum on the ground floor.

This event is free and open to the public!


About the presenter: Mary Hennen


Mary has been involved with Peregrines since 1989 and took over as director in 1990. Her work with Peregrines involves banding young, retrieving injured birds, and monitoring wild breeding pairs in Illinois. In addition, because of her interest in raptors, Mary has obtained two live, permanently disabled birds she uses for educational programs. One is a Peregrine, the other is a Red-tailed Hawk. Always a critical part in the recovery of any species is public educational programming that focuses on the importance of the species, as well as its biology and role in the environment. 

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Visitor Parking

Nearby parking is available in lot 20, which is located across University Avenue from the Discovery Building and can be accessed from University Avenue.

Parking also is available in lot 17, which is behind Engineering Hall and Camp Randall Stadium and can be accessed via North Randall Avenue. Lot 80, the Union South underground parking garage, can be accessed from Dayton Street. 

For more info: Parking Information