2001 proved to be another exciting year for Project Peregrine. Volunteers who checked cliff sites throughout the Ontario side of the Lake Superior Basin located 25 territorial pairs, 1 single bird confirmed holding territory and 5 other single birds were observed in suitable habitat but no territory was confirmed. Twenty-two nests were confirmed to be successful and at least 52 chicks were known to have fledged. This is the highest number of chicks that were known to have fledged in any year of monitoring by Project Peregrine. An equally successful banding program accessed 16 nests, banded 40 chicks and both these numbers are records for the banding program. After 6 years of banding, a total of 157 young peregrines have now been banded.
Peregrine Falcon Eating Habits Studied
Information on what the Peregrine Falcons are eating has also been collected during banding operations. 86 prey remains were collected at 15 nest sites in 2001, with 24 bird species and one mammal species identified. After six years of collecting prey remains, 48 bird species and 3 mammal species have been identified as peregrine food sources.
Funding and Volunteers
The Ministry of Natural Resources contributed $2,846.81 from the Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program to cover volunteer expenses and $2,882.00 from the Species at Risk Program to supply a helicopter for banding at remote nest sites. The generous donation of helicopter time by TransCanada Pipelines ($3,635.00) and Hydro One Helicopter Services ($2,420.00) enabled Project Peregrine to survey most of the cliffs in the Thunder Bay area for nesting peregrines. Frank Pianka organized climbers from the Alpine Club of Canada, Thunder Bay Chapter to access Peregrine Falcon nests to band young falcons. Everyone involved with Project Peregrine volunteers their time and in 2001, twenty-one people donated more than 600 hours or approximately 76 days. Thanks again to everyone for your contribution of time and funding.