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Raptor Reminiscence: Birds of Prey National Conservation Area at 25

June 6, 2018
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Crystal Ballroom
Hoff Building
802 W. Bannock
Boise, ID

Guest Speakers are Amanda Hoffman, BLM; Larry LaRocco, former Idaho U.S. Representative; and Steve Stuebner, Boise Writer

Year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Morley Nelson Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. This area south of Boise and west of Mountain Home, where the Snake River Canyon with its basalt cliffs meets with the desert plateau, contains a remarkable number and variety of birds of prey: hawk, eagle and falcon to name a few. When the US Congress in 1993 enacted permanent protection as a National Conservation Area, it was building on another quarter century of actions by Secretaries of the Interior Rogers Morton and Cecil D. Andrus to safeguard this rather unique place that was created by the massive Bonneville flood some 14,000 years ago. The nation’s interest in wildlife and the contributions of Morley Nelson, a raptor expert and advocate, combined to bring national attention to this area, leading to temporary protections and important scientific studies, and ultimately to the NCA status, the 25th anniversary that we celebrate today.

Our program will include a panel starting with present day and going deeper back in time with each presentation:

  • Amanda Hoffman, Bureau of Land Management Snake River Birds of Prey Manager, who will discuss the numerous activities this year that commemorate the 25th anniversary;
  • Larry LaRocco, former U.S. Representative from Idaho’s 1st Congressional District who sponsored H.R. 236 that became law August 3, 1993 establishing the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, will summarize the twists and turns of the legislation from its drafting to signature by President Bill Clinton;
  • Steve Steubner, Boise writer and author of Cool North Wind: Morley Nelson’s Life with Birds will recount how Morley Nelson as one of the driving forces behind the wildly successful worldwide effort to save birds of prey from extinction, and how this NCA is so important to the work of raptor conservation with the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey. Nelson’s television work with Disney, John Denver, Nell Newman, Vanessa Redgrave and Marlin Perkins helped bring the plight of the world's raptors into the national consciousness and in doing so fueled subsequent conservation efforts.

Forum Chair and Moderator - Jen Visser

Radio Boise will record and broadcast the forum


Registration Deadline - Monday, June 4th at 12:00 pm




June 6, 2018

Raptor Reminiscence: Birds of Prey National Conservation Area at 25

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