ONCE ENDANGERED: The Return of Wolves
& Peregrine Falcons
June 23 - September 3, 2018
It is a rare and wonderful event when an
endangered species is brought back from
the edge of extinction.
How do some species respond to shrinking
habitats and dwindling biological diversity in
ways that ensure species survival? How have
humans influenced the threats to endangered
species and what measures have been
successful in reversing those threats?
These key questions are addressed in this dynamic
exhibition that uses mounted specimens, objects,
interactives, video and graphics to study the biology,
behavior, near demise, and return of the remarkable
Peregrine Falcon and the misunderstood Grey &
The exhibition provides a compelling, continental
perspective on two top predators; animals that play
a key role in keeping ecosystems healthy. Learn how
regional cultural and economic pressures influence the
survival and success of these incredible animals.
The story of wolves in North America takes us to many
places, from the Arctic to the southwestern United
States. And for every region where wolves thrive – or
struggle to survive – cultural and economic pressures
continue to shape their existence. Organized by region,
each wolf is presented in its human and natural-history context.
Visitors will also learn about the long history the peregrine falcon has shared with humans. A diorama introduces viewers to a
peregrine on its natural eyrie. In another mini-diorama, a model of crushed and cracked eggs resting on a rock ledge helps
visitors understand the terrible toll pesticides had on peregrine populations.
The exhibit shows how a small group of dedicated people devised a plan to captive breed and release these birds. Today,
peregrines have recolonized their historic cliff nest sites, and have become dramatic members of our urban communities.
Organized in collaboration
with the Bell Museum at the
University of Minnesota.
SM&NC Members: Free | Non-Members: included with gate admission.
Galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm;