Since 1981, NH Audubon’s Conservation Biology staff and many dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to advance Peregrine Falcon population restoration in New Hampshire. NH Audubon first became involved in the early 1980s, as organized releases of captive-bred falcons were ending and monitoring of wild-breeding pairs began. From a single cliff-nesting pair in Franconia Notch that fledged two chicks in 1981, to roughly 25 breeding territories that annually produce dozens of fledglings today, NH Audubon observers have been there supporting recovery efforts for more than 40 years!
We work with NH Fish & Game, and with building and bridge managers, to install nesting boxes and trays that give Peregrine Falcons a safe place to lay eggs and raise young. We work with rock climbing groups and park managers to establish temporary recreational closures on climbing routes and scenic overlooks that improve falcon nesting success. We have banded over 370 falcon chicks in the state, and roughly 25% of those individuals banded have been re-sighted, resulting in hard-to-obtain data on longevity and dispersal. We participated in a project that satellite-tracked five NH female falcons on migration to their wintering grounds. We collected dozens of non-viable eggs that when analyzed added significantly to our knowledge about PDBEs and other toxins in the region’s Peregrine Falcon population.
The Peregrine Falcon was removed from the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List in 1999, and down-listed from Endangered to Threatened on the New Hampshire T&E List in September 2008. Volunteers can learn more about becoming involved in our on-going program for monitoring and managing Peregrine Falcons by contacting our raptor specialist, Chris Martin, [email protected].
Project Leader: Chris Martin
Something Wild Podcast featuring Peregrine Falcons
Photos, from the top: Peregrine Falcon, archive image; female Peregrine Falcon, Brady Sullivan Tower, Manchester, NH, March 2008, photo by Chris Martin.
The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.
Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.