Thank you for tuning in to watch the peregrine nesting sites. It was a good year. The seven healthy fledglings are no longer at their nests nor returning to them. Please check back next year for a new season in April 2021.
Thanks to AltaLink for their generous sponsorship of this live streaming video. It attracted Canadian and international viewers. We'd also like to thank the following sponsors and the organizations that also helped make this viewing opportunity possible: Aspen Properties, Terago, WiBand, Capital Power, and Nutrien.
Here’s a summer recap of what took place at the Bell Tower nest: This breeding pair were the first again to start the season. The pair produced four viable eggs in April. By June, four healthy chicks were waddling in and out of the camera’s range until mid-July. Biologists banded the four just as they started to fledge. At the same time, they moved the two females to the Pembina release area to increase their chance of survival. Shortly after, the two males fledged out but soon ended up joining their sisters after experiencing minor injuries from striking a window. We have the good folks at WildNorth to thank for rescuing the two.
Here’s a summer recap of what took place at the Genesee Power Plant nest: This peregrine pair produced their first of four eggs late in April. One of the four eggs was not viable, but three healthy chicks spent much of June in a tight huddle while sleeping, resting or waiting for their next meal. They fledged out in July and spent much of their time out of the camera’s range exploring.
Here’s a summer recap of what took place at the Nutrien nest: The banded two year old female initiated a clutch in April, but a violent fight on the nest perch stopped her from continuing her breeding attempt. Her mate, an unbanded tiercel took over incubating the egg they produced. However, despite his solo attempt to incubate the egg for almost six weeks, the egg was not viable. The female did retain the site and she and her mate continued to sporadically visit the nest for the remainder of the season.
Species at Risk
Although the peregrine falcon and the ferruginous hawk get a lot of attention because they are obviously excessively cool, there are many other interesting species that are considered to be Species at Risk. Why not learn about them? For example, the greater sage grouse is a very unique looking upland bird and there are very few left in Alberta. Also check out some of the bat conservation initiatives in Alberta.