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Program to explore legacy of Endangered Species Act

<p>Ron Skleney from the Willowbrook Wildlife Center with "<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>Zeus", a peregrine&nbsp;falcon,&nbsp;at Fischer Middle School. (Herb Shenkin/for The Sun) &nbsp;</p>

Ron Skleney from the Willowbrook Wildlife Center with "Zeus", a peregrine falcon, at Fischer Middle School. (Herb Shenkin/for The Sun)  

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites visitors from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28 to Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 525 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, for “The Endangered Species Act at 40.”

This special program will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act, landmark legislation designed to prevent the extinction of wildlife and support populations recoveries. Participants will learn about the history and legacy of the act and then head outside to take a close look at two species that represent conservation success stories. They’ll also get a chance to interact with Zeus, the center’s resident peregrine falcon.

The program costs $3 a person. Ages 12 and older are welcome, though children younger than 16 must be with an adult. Participants should register by calling Willowbrook at 630-942-6200.

Willowbrook Wildlife Center is the Forest Preserve District’s native wildlife rehabilitation and education center. It is open year-round to help visitors learn about DuPage County’s wildlife and is the permanent home of more than 80 injured native animals.

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