Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Our Friends of a Feather

We would like to acknowledge two key staff members, who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Don Veltkamp transported the falcons to the hack site, which he reconstructed atop the Black Hills Power roof top. He also assists in banding each of the individual falcons and puts in many hours observing birds as well. Last week he recovered from the street one of our grounded falcons!

Mary Ann Pembroke has been indispensable with maintaining our camera equipment and webcam. She is also an accomplished photographer documenting the reintroduction process. She has also housed staff members in her home. Her extensive background in Human Resources helps us in problem solving a variety of issues that come up.

While biologists Fink and Schioberg are often in the limelight, these two individuals are quietly supporting us in the wings! Kudos to these two peregrine falcon staffers. We couldn't do it without you!!


  1. Awww. Thank you! My part is easy. Most of what I do has AC involved. Don is the one on the hot rooftops building release boxes, prepping the food, and being MacGyver. - Mary Ann

  2. Thanks, Mary Ann, but we all do it together! We are a team reintroducing these beautiful peregrine falcons back into South Dakota!

  3. Intersting post over falcons, best regard from Belgium