Peregrine falcons increasing in Ohio 8.13

Written by David Green.

Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife estimate 65 young peregrine falcons fledged from 21 successful nests across the state this year.  In 2007, 56 peregrine falcon chicks fledged from 19 nests.  Biologists were able to band 60 of these young falcons from 18 successful nest sites during 2008; limited access at some nest sites prevented all young from being banded.

"We had a record number of peregrine falcons nesting in Ohio during 2008 and they had a banner year," said Dave Scott, peregrine falcon project coordinator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

In all, 27 territorial pairs of peregrine falcons were monitored around Ohio in 2008.  Eggs were produced at a minimum of 25 sites during 26 nesting attempts, with one pair "recycling" and producing a second nest after an initial failure.

Four of the six falcon pairs in Cleveland, along with two pairs in Toledo and individual pairs in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Eastlake, Ironton, Lakewood, Lima, Lorain, Middletown (Butler County), Moscow (Clermont County), Oregon (Lucas County), Shaker Heights (Cuyahoga County), and Youngstown produced between one and five young per nest.  Nests located in Aberdeen (Brown County), Cleveland (2 pairs), and the village of Cleves (Hamilton County) failed this season.  Two new pairs monitored this year using bridges in Summit County and Scioto County may have attempted to nest; however, access to their nest sites was limited and no eggs or young were seen.

"After the nesting season and prior to migration, Ohio's peregrine falcon population is estimated to reach 110 to 130 birds," Scott added.  Included in that number are individual falcons that have been spotted in other areas of the state.  These birds, as well as the territorial pairs that did not nest this season, could return next year to establish territories and perhaps successful nests.  Migratory movements will start in late summer and early fall.  Ohio's birds probably spend their winters in the southern United States and Central America.

Anyone interested in following peregrine falcon activity in Ohio can view the latest updates online at www.wildohio.com.  The peregrine falcon page features information on the bird's history, nest status, and links to cameras that record activity at several of the nest locations across Ohio each spring.

In 1989, wildlife experts with ODNR initiated a program to establish peregrine falcons in Ohio.  For more than a decade, peregrines have successfully nested in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

Ohio's peregrine falcon management program is funded by donations to the Endangered Species and Wildlife Diversity Fund and sales of the cardinal license plate.  Donations may be made to the Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, G-1, Columbus, OH 43229-6693, or by marking the check-off contribution box on the Ohio Income Tax form.  Cardinal plates can be purchased at a local deputy registrar or by calling 1-800-PLATES-3.  Additional funding is provided, in part, through matching funds from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grants Program that benefits species of greatest conservation need.

  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Front.sculpta
    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • Shadow.salon
    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.bank.2
    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
  • Front.make.three
    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016