UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
PEREGRINE FALCON & JORDAN JONES
UWRF Biology Department has had the distinct honor of being instrumental in bringing Freddy Falcon to our River Falls campus. Freddy Falcon represents a live version of our Universities Mascot. Freddy is a cross between a Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and Gyr falcon (Falco rusticolus) One of the fastest species in the world, the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) may reach speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour) or more when diving in pursuit of prey. It is also one of the most widely distributed of all birds and shows considerable variation in size and coloration across its extensive range, with 19 subspecies recognized. A fairly large, stocky falcon, with pointed wings and a relatively short, square tail, the peregrine falcon typically has a bluish-grey crown and upper parts, and whitish, greyish or reddish-brown under parts, with a variable amount of dark spotting and barring. The under wing and tail are also barred, and the pale throat and cheeks contrast with a broad, dark 'moustache' stripe. The facial skin and legs of the peregrine falcon are yellow to orange, and the beak is bluish, tinged yellow at the base and black at the tip. The female peregrine falcon is up to 20 percent larger than the male, and usually has more heavily marked under parts. The browner plumage, streaked rather than barred under parts, and blue-grey or greenish legs and facial skin, can distinguish juveniles. The peregrine falcon has a variety of calls, including a loud, harsh, persistent chatter, used against intruders.
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St. Croix County Medical Examiner Internship
Every semester (spring, summer, fall) one UWRF Biology student is awarded an internship to work with the St. Croix County Medical Examiners. Interns process decedent’s data and learn about medical records. Interns also respond to death calls and learn how to process a scene, collect evidence, and speak to families. Autopsy and cremation observations are scheduled as permitted. Interested students should speak with Dr. Kim Mogen, Professor, Rm 406 AGS, Biology Department.
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