Another month, another raptor: the Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus.
We’ve been learning a lot about Gyrfalcons recently because of my work with the Gyrfalcon Conservation Project, but there are many other raptor species on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. Golden Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, Short-eared Owls, and Peregrine Falcons also call this place their summer home.
Not that long ago, the Peregrine Falcon was listed as an endangered species after populations plummeted from the negative effects of the pesticide DDT. After the banning of DDT, the Peregrine has since been de-listed and can now be found breeding in many major North American cities.
It’s great to find them swooping around their traditional breeding grounds way up north, doing what falcons do.
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