Date: 5/14/18 8:21 pm
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Fwd: SDOU Website Contact - Other
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From: Elizabeth Macalaster <noreply...>
Date: Mon, May 14, 2018 at 3:27 PM
Subject: SDOU Website Contact - Other
To: <zerrmick...>
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Hi, I am doing research for a book on the role of homing pigeons in
military communications. After the Civil War, the Army briefly experimented
with using them out West. In particular, a Colonel Miles tried, in 1877, to
train them in Department of Dakota, which encompasses both current states.
He mentions that a local, very common hawk constantly preyed on the
pigeons. Would you know, or have a good guess, at what species of hawk that
might have been? One that would be fast enough to catch a fast-flying
pigeon? Any information you can share about this would be appreciated.
Thanks very much. Regards, Elizabeth Macalaster

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