Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

For the fourth year now, Luther College is hosting a luncheon and speaker series for all alumni, parents and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.

Friday, April 17, 2015

11:30 a.m. Buffet Luncheon Begins
12:00 p.m. Program

1:00 p.m. Event Ends

Speaker: Bob Anderson, Director, Raptor Resource Project, Decorah, Iowa

An avid falconer, Bob Anderson trapped his first raptor, or bird of prey - a Red-tailed hawk - in 1960. He started his work in raptor conservation in 1971, while working for the Science Museum of Minnesota. At that time, raptors were in trouble. Anderson began by breeding Peregrine falcons for release and recovery efforts, producing many of the first Peregrine falcons to be released in the Midwest. In 1987, after an absence of four decades, one of Anderson's falcons became the first to survive and breed in the Central United States.   

Anderson went on to pioneer a program to attract falcons to utility stacks, launch a controversial breeding and release program to return falcons to Mississippi river cliffs, and lead a team of volunteer observers and climbers to monitor and band birds of prey on stacks, cliffs, water towers, and other high places. All of these programs proved enormously successful. By 2011, over 1,000 young peregrines had been produced on Midwest power plants, falcons had bred on a total of 21 Mississippi cliffs since their return to the river in 2000, and Anderson and his team were monitoring over 40 peregrine, owl, osprey, kestrel, and eagle nests. 

Anderson has also been involved with natural history films and internet bird cams. He assisted Emmy-award winning filmmaker Neil Rettig with Raptor Force, The American Eagle, Harpy Eagle: Spirit of the Ceiba Tree, National Geographic's Great Migrations, and Discovery's Spring Watch USA. In 1998 Mae's Internest, Anderson's first internet birdcam, made webhost Xcel Energy the busiest website in the world. He followed it up with osprey cams, kestrel cams, owl cams and, most famously, eagle cams. In 2011, over 200 million viewers from 184 countries worldwide watched young eagles in Decorah, Iowa, grow from newly hatched babies to fledglings on the wing. The Decorah Eagle Cam has become a popular internet site for people around the world. Almost overnight, Bob Anderson and the Raptor Resource Project were providing one of the world's largest wildlife education programs. As of 2014, more than 300 million people had logged in to watch the Decorah Eagle family.

$15.00 per person, please register online by Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa

The dates for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

Friday, September 12, 2014 - Carson '63 and Connie Ode, Authors, Celebrate Iowa and IOWA-Spaces, Places, and Faces
Friday, November 7, 2014 - Reynolds Cramer '91, CEO, Fareway Stores, Inc.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - Chuck Gipp '70, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Bob Anderson, Director of the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah

Planning Committee:
Eric Carlson '89, Shannon (Miller) Duval '95, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw, '71, Anjie Shutts '93

Des Moines area Lunch Connection Event
Bob Anderson