A project of The Center for Conservation Biology in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
|Name||Species||Life Stage||Release Date||Last Location||Days Transmitted|
|Sea Isle||Peregrine Falcon||Juvenile||2007-08-09||2009-12-31||875|
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Peregrine Falcon chicks from urban nest sites on bridges are commonly hit by cars or drown in the waters below the nest. In and effort to give these falcon chicks a chance to fledge safely, each year state biologists from Virginia and New Jersey move urban chicks to the mountains of West Virginia. The chicks are released in the New River Gorge, an area with abundant updrafts to aid in learning to fly. The shear cliffs surrounding the New River provide many ledges for the falcons to establish a nest (also called an eyrie) when they reach maturity.
Since their release in summer 2007, the falcons have roamed the Appalachian Mountains, Great Lakes, and Gulf Coast but continue to return to the New River Gorge each year. We are hopeful this means one or more will settle down and nest in the Gorge in spring 2009.
This falcon telemetry project is a partnership between the Center for Conservation Biology, National Park Service, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.