The Raptor Resource Project (RRP) is a 501(c)3 foundation located in Decorah, Iowa. Founded in 1988, the Project's original goal was to captively breed and release the endangered Peregrine falcon, which was at that time on the brink of extinction. In the early 1940s Joseph Hickey, a Wisconsin biologist, determined that there were more than 200 pairs of Peregrines east of the Mississippi River. But by 1968 there were no Peregrines east of the Mississippi river at all. By the mid-1970s, the population had dwindled to 19 pairs in the western United States.
Peregrines did not return to the mid-continent until 1987 when MF-1, a falcon produced by Raptor Resource Project Director Bob Anderson, fledged three young from the Multifoods Tower in Minneapolis. Over the next twelve years, the population expanded from one nesting female in Minnesota to an estimated 28 pairs in Minnesota, 13 pairs in Wisconsin, and three pairs in Iowa. During this time, the Project produced between 15-25 Peregrines per year for release in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Alabama, and many other states, and expanded into raptor management, environmental education, and research. To learn more about us and our programs, click here.