Idaho State Raptor
Adoption of the Idaho State Raptor
Idaho is the only state that has adopted an official raptor and it was done with the help of fourth-grade students from Peregrine Elementary School in Meridian and from St. Joseph's Elementary School in Boise.
As a result of the efforts of the students, House Bill No. 712, to adopt the peregrine falcon as the official raptor of Idaho, was introduced and read for the first time on February 16, 2004. The bill moved rapidly through the Idaho House of Representatives and was read for the required 3rd time and approved by the House ten days later on February 26.
Read for the first time in the Idaho Senate on February 27, House Bill No. 712 was approved unanimously by the Senate on March 19, 2003.
Governor Dick Kempthorne signed the legislation adopting the peregrine falcon as Idaho's "... state raptor of the state of Idaho." Joining Governor Kempthorne for the signing ceremony were students from St. Joseph's and Peregrine elementary schools, Bill Burnham, President of the Peregrine Fund (holding "Jess," a male falcon) and Tom Cade, founder of the Peregrine Fund.
Governor Kempthorne commended the elementary school children:
The peregrine falcon was the first species protected under the Endangered Species Act and its recovery is considered the most successful ever undertaken.
The Idaho Statutes
The following information is excerpted from the Idaho Statutes, Title 67, Chapter 45, Section 67-4512.
TITLE 67. STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE AFFAIRS.
Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus): from the Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho.
Peregrine Falcon: Raptor Facts: The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota.
Return of the Peregrine: Editors: Tom J. Cade and William Burnham, Published by The Peregrine Fund - The visionaries who achieved the historic restoration of Peregrine Falcons in North America tell their story in a full-color hardcover book.
State Bird List: List of all of the state birds.
State Birds & Flowers 1000-pc Puzzle: Created at the request of The National Wildlife Federation this design is a beautiful and informative puzzle featuring every state bird perched on the appropriate state flower.
Bird Feeders and Accessories: Backyard Birding > Bird Feeders & Accessories from Amazon.com.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
Source: Idaho Legislature Web Site, (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/index.htm), May 20, 2005
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