Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


In the early 1970s, when I watched Frances Hamerstrom's initial attempts to achieve captive breeding of golden eagles, and later to induce red-tailed Hawks to complete most of their life cycle in captivity, I thought the practice to be only a novelty and biological sideline. I had no idea that the captive breeding and re-release of wild species into their natural environments would become such an accepted and important technique. Indeed this book documents many such attempts and some notable successes.