2007 Peregrine Project

2007 was the twelfth year that Project Peregrine has been intensively monitoring peregrine falcons (Falcon peregrinus) within the Ontario side of the Lake Superior Basin, and west to Atikokan. The forty-four confirmed territories equals the highest number (same as in 2006) ever recorded by Project Peregrine. Of the 44 territories, there were 37 territorial pairs, and 7 single birds on territory.

There were 37 territorial pairs identified and they consisted of 31 breeding pairs, 26 successful pairs, and 56 young were assumed to have fledged. The number of chicks assumed to have fledged would be higher, but a number of the nesting sites were not visited a second time to confirm breeding success. Eleven of the nest sites were climbed to and the banding team banded 29 chicks (19 males and 10 females). There have now been 383 young peregrines banded at cliff sites over the past 12 years. Banding started on June 11, which is the earliest date (6 days earlier than in 2006) that chicks have been ready to band. Banding was completed on July 1.

There were 16 species of birds identified from the prey remains collected from 8 nests. There have now been 74 species of bird and mammals that have been identified, and one new species (Bank Swallow) was confirmed this year.

Project Peregrine is indebted to the many volunteers and OMNR staff who took time to survey known cliff sites and new cliff sites for peregrine activity in 2007. With a large number of territories to monitor each year, their time and efforts are greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Frank Pianka, Rod Swatton and Leo Tardiff for their continued donation of their time and expertise in rock climbing to assist in the banding of young peregrines at cliff nest sites.

Funding to continue the monitoring and banding of peregrine falcons was provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Species at Risk Fund, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Community Fisheries/Wildlife Involvement Program, and Parks Canada.