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Celebrated falconer to speak at Vassar College Monday, October 8

Heinz Meng, who bred the first peregrine falcon in captivity and is credited with having saved the species from extinction, will lecture in Vassar College's Taylor Hall (room 203) at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 8. Meng will bring his famous falcons to the talk, which is free and open to the public. The Environmental Studies Program at Vassar College sponsors Meng's talk.

The Audubon Society recently recognized a professor of biology at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Meng as one of 100 people who shaped the environmental movement in the twentieth century. He was honored for his work in saving the Peregrine Falcon. Meng's groundbreaking work to save the peregrine falcon from the brink of extinction is considered an outstanding contribution to the environmental movement.

In addition to writing numerous falconry and scientific articles, he co-authored the book "Falcons Return" in 1975 with John Kaufman. Meng's photographs illustrate three chapters in the book. He is an accomplished wildlife artist, an avid fly fisherman, big game bow hunter, and wildlife photographer.

For more information, contact the Environmental Studies Program at (845) 437-5440. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, October 8, 2001