In October 2001 we visited Oakville's Abbey Lane Public School with our young male peregrine falcon "Oscar". Below is a letter from the school:
This is a note to thank the Canadian Peregrine Foundation for its wonderful presentation to our Grade Sixes on October 9. For our Diversity of Living Things strand in science, we wanted to focus a particular lesson on adaptations of vertebrates to their environment. The peregrine presentation became the centerpiece of the lesson, providing the students with the opportunity to see first-hand how these birds have been able to use their natural ability to adapt to an urban environment. The students were then able to identify specific structural characteristics that allowed the peregrine to assimilate to its adopted habitat.
The students thoroughly enjoyed meeting Oscar, the peregrine who was brought out for them to see. There is really nothing to compare to a live creature for capturing children's attention.
I would be pleased to recommend the efforts of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation to any school attempting to fulfill the Ontario Curriculum for Science; the lesson my students received was directly linked to the Curriculum's expectations and was delivered in an immediate and fascinating way.
Thank you very much!
Grade 6 Science Teacher
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