Franklin the peregrine falcon came to the Florida Wild Mammal Association from St. George Island after being hit by a car and suffering a chest and wing injury. The bird has made great progress but has only recovered 60 percent of its flying ability and cannot be released. Franklin is now a permanent resident of the association, and requires a special cage.
If you can help sponsor the construction of his new home, email Chris Beatty at firstname.lastname@example.org and put Franklin Funds in the subject line. Donations may be dropped at the office of the Apalachicola Times at 129 Commerce Street in Apalachicola.
Peregrine falcons are one of the most widely distributed birds in the world and are found on every continent except Antarctica. The name comes from the Latin verb peregrinus, which means to wander. They are the fastest flying bird diving at up to 200 miles per hour.
During the mid-20th century, peregrine falcons fell victim to DDT poisoning and nearly disappeared in North America. Better pesticide controls have led to a rebound in the population, which is now estimated to be over 1,600 nesting pairs. Peregrines, which mate for life, are also known as duck hawks, since their main food is small birds, ducks and bats.