Irving students can’t stop talking about falcons since OPEF’s Science Alliance partner Craig Hendee from the Middle East Falcon Research Group brought in one of his falcons. His peregrine falcon, Alvin, visited with the 3rd grade classes and the Irving Green Team.

Craig’s visit is part an ongoing Mongolian Artificial Nesting project in which the students are participating. Craig’s visit gave students a chance to see this magnificent bird up close. The nesting project focuses on saker falcons in Mongolia, not peregrines, but just seeing a falcon can help make this connection.

This international conservation project has three goals. First goal is teach students about conservation efforts for repopulating an endangered species – the science behind it, too. The second goal is to teach students about birds of prey (raptors – specifically falcons). The third goal is to teach the kids about other cultures.

See a slideshow of Alvin’s visit here.