Book Draws on Vast Collection of Experience, Research
Emeritus Biology Professor James Enderson has co-authored “Peregrine Falcons of the World,” which draws on the lifetime friendships and expertise of the authors. The book seeks to reveal how peregrines have adjusted, since the Pleistocene, to many of the Earth’s most demanding climates.
The authors drew on the primary literature of scientific information, unpublished reports, and other literature. A global network of friends and colleagues told what they knew of this predator. Finally, the authors depended on the experiences of nearly a score of decades, collectively, of work at eyries, and trapping peregrines on their migrations and non-breeding grounds with students. They also took advantage of information and extensive data furnished by specimens in scientific collections and museums.
The regional variations now seen in the falcon confirm that geographic isolation may befall even a creature renowned for its great speed and mobility, Enderson said. For example, the large, dark Aleutian peregrine might seem to some a different species than the small, pale North African “Barbary” peregrine, he said.
Enderson, who also wrote “Peregrine Falcon, Stories of the Blue Meanie,” taught at Colorado College from 1962 to 2001. In 2004 he received the Gresham Riley Award, which recognizes faculty and staff who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment, and scholarship. The annual Enderson Award in Conservation Biology goes to students involved in research and is funded by Sharon Smith ’67.
“Peregrine Falcons of the World,” published by Lynx in Barcelona, is co-authored with Clayton White of Brigham Young University and Tom Cade, formerly of Cornell University, and features stunning original art by Andrew Ellis.