House passes resolution honoring Idaho conservationist

February 19, 2019

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House has passed legislation to honor a conservationist who led efforts to prevent the extinction of Idaho’s state raptor, the peregrine falcon.

The unanimous voice vote on Tuesday sends to the Senate the resolution honoring Tom Cade, who died Feb. 6 at age 91.

Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke just before the vote noted that Cade is why the peregrine falcon appears on the Idaho quarter.

Cade founded The Peregrine Fund in 1970 and moved it to Boise in 1984 when the World Center for Birds of Prey opened.

Officials with The Peregrine Fund say more than 50,000 people annually see live raptors at the World Center for Birds of Prey, ranging from California condors to tiny hawks.