Tom J. Cade, an ornithologist who was a leader of a remarkable effort that re-established the majestic peregrine falcon on the East Coast after the pesticide DDT had wiped it out there, died on Feb. 6 in Boise, Idaho at 91 years old.
Starting in the late 1960s, Dr. Cade rallied falconers, conservationists, universities, businesses and more to join in trying to reintroduce the bird in areas where it had once thrived. But that required overcoming all sorts of obstacles, including how to breed birds in captivity and how to acclimate them to life in the wild.
By the early 1970s Dr. Cade and associates had successfully bred peregrine falcons in captivity, and by 1980 falcons released in the East had reproduced in the wild.
The effort was so successful that in 1999 the federal government removed peregrines from the endangered species list.
His reach extended around the globe and he sought to never let this happen again by establishing the Peregrine Fund.
His famous quote is, “No one who sees a peregrine falcon fly can ever forget the beauty and thrill of that flight.” To read more about Dr. Cade: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/obituaries/tom-cade-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
Pictured first is Dr. Cade followed by a picture of USAFA’s two peregrine falcons, Obilo and Cairo.
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