Amur Falcon – Living on the Edge
Hoffman Room, The San Diego Foundation – Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Presented by Catherine Hamilton.
The Amur Falcon makes a spectacular flight during it’s migration each year from Southern Africa to Siberia and then back. Hundreds of thousands congregate in India, providing a true spectacle of migration, and is believed to be the largest concentration of falcons anywhere on Earth. Through the photos and artwork of world-renowned artist, Catherine Hamilton, we’ll hear the story of these kestrel-sized birds, the threat hunting poses to this species, and the recent conservation efforts to save them. Come find out how a small group of conservationists and the will of the local people to protect this incredible “resource” has started to turn the tide in this story.
Catherine Hamilton was born in Altadena, California, with a pencil in hand. She began birding at an early age with her father, developing a keen interest in both natural history and art, and started her first ornithological notebook at seven. Her talk will present her recent adventures in Nagaland, a far-flung corner of India that has only recently been opened to western visitors. There, in just the last few years, a conservation crisis and conservation miracle seems to have unfolded. Come discover the world of the amazing Amur Falcon.