The 1998 monitoring program exceeded all expectations as 20 peregrine territories and 14 nests were located on Lake Superior. With assistance from the Sault Naturalists Club and the staff of Lake Superior Provincial Park and Pukaskwa National Park, five territories and 2 nests were located on the eastern side of Lake Superior, while fifteen territories and 12 nests were located from Nipigon to the Minnesota border on the west side of Lake Superior.
A total of thirty-eight young peregrines were observed in the fourteen nests and the banding team was able to band 31 of them at eleven nest sites. This brings our three year total to 70 young peregrines being banded. The banding of these peregrines is only possible due to the assistance and dedication of Robert Dye, Rodney Swatton, and Jodie Allair from Lakehead University School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and Frank Pianka from The Alpine Club of Canada.
Banding young peregrines enables us to identify individual birds and to monitor their dispersal from the nest site. To date, none of the young falcons we have banded have been observed, but as new nest sites are being discovered, an effort is made to identify the adults present. This year (1998) at a new nest site on Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, the female was identified as being released in 1989 from Parc du Bic, Quebec (near Rimouski, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River). It is very exciting to find a banded bird and then to identify where it was banded.
When the climbers are at the nest site, prey remains and feathers are collected so that we can determine what the peregrines are feeding on. During the past three years, 28 species of birds and bats have been identified and the four most common species are Rock Dove, Ring-billed Gull, Evening Grosbeak and Cedar Waxwing. The largest prey species recorded has been the Herring Gull and the smallest was a Red Bat.
A project of this size and scope can only be accomplished with the efforts of many partners. 1998 partners include: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment Canada EcoAction 2000, TransCanada Pipelines, and the Fort William First Nation. A special thank you also goes out to the many volunteers who participated in the "Adopt A Cliff" program and gave freely of their time to monitor peregrine activity.