Ferruginous hawk draft recovery plan engagement

In 2019, Albertans gave feedback on the draft updated plan to help recover Alberta’s ferruginous hawk population.

Status: Completed
Ministry responsible: Environment and Parks
Completed: 2019


The Alberta government, in partnership with a number of stakeholders, formed the Alberta Ferruginous Hawk Recovery Team. The team developed the Alberta Ferruginous Hawk Recovery Plan 2009-14 and reconvened between 2015 and 2017 to evaluate the plan and to draft an updated strategy.

The proposed recovery strategies to recover the ferruginous hawk in Alberta are:

  • reduce human disturbance at nest sites
  • maintain existing grasslands and pasture lands on both public and private land
  • ensure adequate number of nest structures in suitable habitat
  • maintain and enhance prey populations for ferruginous hawks
  • reduce human-caused mortality of ferruginous hawks
  • limit the impacts of predators and competing bird species
  • conservation of ferruginous hawks during the migration and on their wintering grounds

Implementation of these strategies will be carried out by both government and non-government partners.

In January 2019, a public survey gathered feedback on the threats, recovery goal and strategies proposed by the Alberta Ferruginous Hawk Recovery Team.

The population of ferruginous hawks can recover. The threats to the species are local, and there is potential to reduce these threats.

Life cycle

2009 to 2014 – The Alberta Ferruginous Hawk Recovery Plan 2009-14 in effect.

2015 to 2017 – Alberta Ferruginous Hawk Recovery team evaluates plan, drafts updated recovery plan.

January 11, 2019 – Public survey on updated recovery plan becomes available.

February 28, 2019 – Public survey closes.

Date TBD – Endangered Species Conservation Committee reviews plan and makes recommendations to the Minister.


Ferruginous hawk recovery plan summary of public response

Alberta ferruginous hawk recovery plan 2009-14

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