1999

In 1999, Project Peregrine continued to monitor Peregrine Falcon breeding success on the Ontario side of the Lake Superior basin. A total of 12 pairs and 6 single Peregrines holding territories were located. Eleven nests fledged at least 30 chicks, and 20 chicks were banded at 6 nesting sites. A total of 90 chicks and one second year Peregrine have been banded in the past four years. Two band recoveries were reported, one from Florida and the other from Cuba.

Identification of adults at nest sites revealed that birds originated from the Lake Superior Basin and Eastern Canada, plus a 12 year old female that was released near Chicago, Illinois. The hatching dates of the chicks were slightly advanced as compared to previous years. Prey remains were collected and identified from 6 nests. Fourteen species of birds were identified with Rock Dove and Ring-billed Gull being the two most common species encountered. Observations of peregrines recorded in this report were from April 3rd to September 20th.

Funding

$2,500.00 was secured from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement program.

Donations

  • TransCanada Transmissions donated their helicopter for one day of flying to monitor nests.
  • Frank Pianka, Alpine Club of Canada, was the lead climber with assistance from Brent Cuthbertson, Lakehead University.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources paid for a helicopter to aid in banding at Pie Island and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
  • Fifteen volunteers donated their time to monitor cliff sites and report Peregrines.