in West Virginia
Peregrine falcon populations, although rebounding, have
still not expanded into the full range of their native haunts. Three
Rivers Avian Center, the WV
Department of Natural Resources, the National
Park Service -
New River Gorge and the Center for Conservation Biology have joined
in an ongoing effort, now in its 6th year, to reestablish peregrine
falcon populations into their
historic southern Appalachian range.
with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and State Wildlife Biologists
from Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, young
peregrines are taken
from dangerous nesting sites in each state and brought to the New River
Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia to be raised and released. In
peregrines took wing, in 2007 twenty four more
nestling peregrine falcons were released marking the
largest release of peregrine falcons from a single site
in the species’ recovery history.
Three Rivers Avian Center's Executive Director ,Wendy Perrone, was
named Project Co-ordinator and an
additional twenty-one young peregrines took to the Gorge skies. In 2009
we launched 17, and in 2010, it was 21 more.
The 2011 Season is ended. See the report at left