Close encounter with a peregrine falcon in downtown gives Boise business owner hope

Posted at 4:18 PM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 00:50:43-04

BOISE, Idaho — Zealandia Designs is a local jewelry store that sells its products online, but like many business owners, Jenny Byrne is feeling the pinch from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Like many small business owners, the questions on my mind is how can our jewelry company survive?" asked Byrne. "It seems like the answer came to me with this awesome experience."

While driving through downtown Boise on Thursday, a juvenile Peregrine Falcon landed on her car -- and Byrne has pictures to prove it.

"It was breathtaking. I just couldn't believe my luck," said Byrne. "I feel very blessed."

Byrne likely witnessed this bird's first flight; according to experts there is a falcon's nest on top of the One Capital Center in downtown.

The bird landed on Byrne's car before attempting to take flight again.

The falcon flew just off the ground and luckily went through an intersection when the light was green.

Byrne's business, Zealandia Designs, is inspired by nature, and many of the pieces of jewelry are of animals.

"I use sterling silver, gems and ancient fossilized ivory," said Byrne. "Working with ancient mammoth ivory keeps me aware of how easily such a magnificent creature can go extinct."

Byrne hopes her artwork inspires others to care about animals and mother nature.