BOISE, Idaho – The image of a peregrine falcon will grace Idaho’s state quarter, a choice made by then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne to honor the role played by an Idaho raptor recovery center in helping save the birds from extinction.
The selection of the animal that’s been Idaho’s official raptor since 2004 was announced Monday by Gov. Jim Risch at the World Center for Birds of Prey here.
Risch replaced Kempthorne, who was confirmed May 26 as President Bush’s interior secretary.
The World Center for Birds of Prey, which works on raptor recovery, is run by The Peregrine Fund, a $10 million endowment located in Idaho since 1984 after getting its start in New York in 1970.
“Idaho is a key part of the legacy of this bird,” Kempthorne said Monday in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C.