Sunday, October 28, 2018

Falconers helping peregrine recover since the 60's.

The Peregrine fund along with the University of Penn and Cornell have conducted and funded several studies whose results weigh heavily the benefits of passage and eyas birds taken and trained by falconers go on to live longer and produce more offspring after being released after a couple of hunting seasons. And as Kitty mentioned, if it was not for the work of Falconers side by side with ornithologists and these schools, Falconers can take credit for the return of the Peregrine Falcon and it's removal for the endangered species list. In 1964 nesting peregrine falcons were extinct in the eastern United States. A male Peregrine that came to me injured with the approval of Fish and Game to try to rehab him, went on to U of Penn breeding program headed in part with fellow falsconer and mentor, Gaylan Garrish, and sired at least 8 successful broods. I take great pride in my part as a young falconer bringing back the Peregrine.   Retired USN Officer Michael Jacobus.