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Indoor Talk: The Peregrine Falcon in the Jura Mountains of France and Switzerland

Friday 13th January, 2017

Dr. Marc Kéry is a population ecologist with the Swiss Ornithological Institute who specializes in the design and analysis of studies on distribution, abundance and dynamics of animal populations, especially using Bayesian techniques.

He has written 3 books and about 80 peer-reviewed papers on these and related topics. He has been contributing to the monitoring of the peregrine falcon population in the Jura mountains on the border between Switzerland and France since the 1980s.

The Jura is a limestone, middle-elevation mountain range with a high availability of limestone cliffs and hosts a dense population of peregrines totalling about 250.
In this period, the population has largely recovered from the effects of pesticides in the 60s and 70s but in the last 10 years has declined again presumably due to predation by a natural predator (the Eurasian Eagle-owl) and also due to persecution by pigeon fanciers.

In this talk, Marc will describe the peregrine falcon population of the Jura mountains, with plenty of views of its wonderful habitat, and will also discuss its population biology since 1960.

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