2000

Project Peregrine experienced it's most successful year ever in 2000. A total of 25 territorial pairs of Peregrine Falcons and 6 single birds holding territories were confirmed. One additional pair and single bird were reported but not confirmed within the Lake Superior Basin. These numbers compare to 12 territorial pair and 6 single birds in 1999. Sixteen nests fledged at least 43 chicks and 27 of these chicks were banded at 10 nest sites. There has now been 117 Peregrine chicks banded at cliff nest sites during the past 5 years.

Identification of adult birds confirmed for the first time that peregrine chicks banded in previous years were now nesting within the Lake Superior Basin. Two birds, one male and one female both banded in 1997 are now nesting at two new nest sites. The hatching dates of chicks were approximately the same as in 1999. Eighteen species of prey were identified from 10 nest sites. Rock Doves and Cedar Waxwings were the two most common species of prey recorded.

The Ministry of Natural Resources Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program supplied funding for volunteer expenses, and there was a generous donation of helicopter services by TransCanada Pipelines and Hydro One. Once again Frank Pianka and the Alpine Club of Canada offered their climbing expertise to access Peregrine nests to band young falcons.

Project Peregrine was one of the main partners behind the Ontario 2000 Peregrine Falcon Survey. This survey is conducted every five years and it documents population trends and productivity of Peregrine Falcons in Ontario. There were 53 Peregrine territories located during the provincial survey compared to 15 territories located during the 1995 survey. Peregrines are still classified as an endangered species in Ontario, but the future is looking brighter.