Local Author and Biologist Marcy Cottrell Houle to Speak at Bird Alliance of Oregon April 3

Houle’s presentation will celebrate the reissue of her classic peregrine falcon text


PORTLAND, OREGON —Portland writer and wildlife biologist Marcy Cottrell Houle will speak at the Bird Alliance of Oregon on Thursday, April 3 to celebrate the reissue of her classic work, “Wings for My Flight: The Peregrine Falcons of Chimney Rock.” The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Houle will be available to sign books after her presentation.

Originally published in 1991, the new edition of “Wings for My Flight” comes from the University of New Mexico Press. Told with humor and insight, Houle’s book recounts her years as a determined young field biologist studying some of Colorado’s last surviving peregrine falcons in the 1970s. Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben calls it, “An absorbing account of field biology — and also of field anthropology, of the struggle to convince humans that other species count too.”

In the nearly 40 years since Houle began her research, the peregrine has made an amazing comeback. The updated edition of “Wings for My Flight” includes new material describing the conservation issues involved in the survival of the peregrine and the species’ triumphant recovery.

Finnegan, Bird Alliance of Oregon’s resident peregrine falcon, will be on hand in the Interpretive Center prior to Houle’s talk, from 6-7 p.m. His handler will talk about how Finnegan came to be one of Bird Alliance of Oregon’s education birds, and the role of Bird Alliance of Oregon in the protection of peregrines in the Pacific Northwest.

Marcy Cottrell Houle is also the author of an Bird Alliance of Oregon Nature Store best-seller, “One City’s Wilderness: Portland’s Forest Park,” as well as “The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Zumwalt.” She is a tireless advocate for the preservation of Forest Park, and a frequent participant in Bird Alliance of Oregon’s Wild Arts Festival.

Houle will speak in Heron Hall at the Bird Alliance of Oregon’s main branch, located at 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland. For more information or to reserve books, please call the Nature Store at 503-292-9453. Information about the event is also available on the Bird Alliance of Oregon website.

Founded in 1902, Bird Alliance of Oregon is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the nation. It promotes the understanding, enjoyment and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats through its conservation and environmental education programs, its 150-acre Nature Sanctuary and Nature Store in northwest Portland, and its Wildlife Care Center.

For more information, call 503-292-6855 or visit birdallianceoregon.org.