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NY DEC Releases 2008 Peregrine Falcon Report

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation released their report on the state’s Peregrine population last week. It has some good information about the success of the repopulation program here in New York State.

Read the DEC’s press release

View the full report (in Adobe PDF format): Part 1 Part 2

12 Responses to “NY DEC Releases 2008 Peregrine Falcon Report”

  1. Maureen in MA Says:

    Very interesting stuff, especially seeing the geographical/statistical differences in territory and breeding grounds.

  2. Maureen in MA Says:

    Thanks for posting this!

  3. Alison in Austria Says:

    I got a kick out of the discription of banding after climbing scary ladders, the female who laid 8 eggs was a stunner, but alas, no records in the hatching department. The number of scrapes along the Adirondack cliffs is encouraging.
    I wonder if the steady increase of productivity of the peregrines who inhabit buildings has anything to do with the increased monitoring of those particular sites by citizen scientists. I even read the acknowledgements, noting her thanks to Kodak, esp. Tom, Jim and the Team, FalKenn, GVAS with June and Carol P. and even our old friend Marcel is on the roster 🙂
    I am somewhat puzzled that there is no mention of the Rochester female sighted nesting in a church tower in Detroit. I noticed it because I picked the name given to that particular falcon. I must confess, I have been unable to find the outside website that reported on the sighting and identification again.

  4. Kim in Italy Says:

    No mention of Ihteram from the 2005 M&K’s brood, nesting at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan?? :/
    And any news of her after April 14 2008?
    Please, let me know if possible..

  5. Jess Says:

    @Alison- Ihteram sightings were listed on the Macomb Audubon website (Click the Peregrine Pages link at the left on the site). It doesn’t look like the staff there observed much activity from her after May of last year or so.

  6. Kathy V Says:

    Very interesting..thanks

  7. Alison in Austria Says:

    Thank-you, Jess, I had that page bookmarked, but when I came back to it recently (if only to read, nothing took place at the church this season), I could not find any reference to Ihteram.
    Is that why the NY DEC does not mention her either?

  8. Kim in Italy Says:

    If someone interested, got this news about Ihteram and the church very kindly sent me by Kariann Reno.

    “Unfortunately Ihteram did not nest in 2008, we investigated where she and the fellow where ducking into the church tower but we didn’t find any signs of even egg laying. Our plan is to encourage nesting this year with a nest box – however we have not seen her or the male since November 2008. Last time I checked, recently, we saw a Red Tail.”

  9. Alison in Austria Says:

    Thank-you, Kim, and, by extebnsion, Kariann. I am not discouraged by there being no sighting after November; after all, these birds are supposed to wander in the fall. I will be disappointed if they do not show up in the next couple of months.

  10. Kim in Italy Says:

    Right, Alison. Hope to hear of Iht and her mate soon.
    If no news on the site will ask again!

  11. Alison in Indiana Says:

    I asked again. The reply:
    Alison – we discovered recently that the Church had renovations over the winter and the tower screens have been replaced, thus not allowing birds to get into the tower for nesting and shelter (including our Peregrines). I truely believe had this not happened, … Ihteram would have established a nest this year at the tower – unfortunately I have not seen her yet this year. Give me an e-mail later on in the season and check on her again – it is possible I will bump into her at a different sight, that is if she is tough enough to out-compete a resident bird.


  12. Kathy Says:

    I guess ‘all of God’s creatures being welcome’ doesn’t include falcons. Let’s hope Ihteram finds a new home and is safe.

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