Falcon Spotting!

Falcon Spotting!

So this is cool. A pair of Peregrine Falcons have been spotted in the rocks around Devil’s Lake State Park. Peregrine Falcons are cliff dwellers and famous speed demons with dive speed pushing 200 mph while hunting!  Peregrines are bird hunters and will bring down anything from songbirds to bats, even Sandhill Cranes!*

At one time Peregrines were nearly wiped out due to the spraying of highly toxic insecticide DDT that caused their eggs to have very thin shells which didn’t survive or were crushed when incubated. This was the same issue that almost wiped out Bald Eagles here in the lower 48. Peregrine falcons were placed on the Wisconsin Endangered Species List in 1975. Today, since the ban of DDT, US falcon populations are starting to recover. In fact, while still endangered in Wisconsin, Peregrine Falcons have been removed from the federal endangered species list since 1999.  That said, from what I’ve heard, no Peregrines have been seen in Devil’s Lake State Park for at least 10 years!  So, welcome back!

Now, if you don’t know much about Peregrine Falcons, check out the links below…

*ref: All About Birds. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/peregrine_falcon/lifehistory

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