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Peregrine Falcon Recovery: For many years, the Game
Commission has been working to restore a secure breeding population of peregrine falcons to Pennsylvania.
Decimated by DDT in the 1940s and '50s, by the early
1960s, there were no peregrines nesting successfully
in North America east of the Rockies or south of the Arctic.
Starting in the 1970s, the Game Commission and Cornell
University's Peregrine Fund began breeding peregrines in captivity and releasing them into the wild. As a result, peregrines have returned
to the wild, but the recovery is still ongoing. They are still listed as "endangered"
or "threatened" species in most eastern states and Canadian provinces. In 1986,
peregrines nested in Pennsylvania for the first time in over 25 years; two years later,
a pair successfully produced a single fledgling. The numbers of nesting pairs and
young produced have increased practically every year since then. This year truly
marks a banner year for peregrines: 46 nest sites were occupied by peregrine pairs,
33 pairs nested successfully, and 87 young were produced. All of these numbers
are all-time highs for the recovery period. Additionally, there were two new cliff
nests, bringing the total to eight. Cliff nests play an important role in the recovery,
because cliff fledglings do not face the extra hazards that are present at nest sites
on bridges and buildings, such as getting hit by cars, or flying into glass. In order
to upgrade peregrines from endangered to threatened on Pennsylvania's list, or
to remove them from the list entirely, a number of criteria must be met regarding
the number of nesting pairs (especially cliff pairs), the proportion of pairs that
are successful, the number of young produced per nesting pair, and the number
of consecutive years those thresholds have been met. This year, all criteria were
met to start the clock toward upgrading the peregrine's status to threatened,
which could happen in a few short years. That will be a real milestone.
- Art McMorris, Peregrine Falcon Coordinator
Ruffed Grouse Feather Samples Needed: If you harvest a grouse during the
latter portion of the 2015-16 season, consider lending a hand to our ongoing
efforts to learn more about ruffed grouse. We are seeking feather samples for
a study of grouse recruitment (the ratio of juveniles to adults in a population).
We are especially looking for samples from the state's Northeast, Southeast,
Southcentral and Southwest Regions. Collecting the right feathers is as simple
as 1-2-3. First, collect one central tail feather, the longest feather in the tail fan.
Second, pluck at least five central rump feathers, located in the middle and lower
portion of the back, but do not extend onto the tail. Finally, collect the three outer
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