Peregrine falcon recovery plan engagement

In 2019, Albertans gave feedback on the draft plan that looks at the threats and solutions for Alberta’s peregrine falcon population.


In 2019, the Peregrine Falcon Advisory Group drafted a new plan that identifies the current threats facing peregrine falcons, and the actions to address them. Although peregrine falcons have historically nested along the banks of many Alberta rivers, by the 1950s and 1960s, the population of peregrine falcons began to dramatically decrease. By 1970, only 3 known breeding pairs existed in Alberta.

The cause of this decline was widespread use of a type of pesticide called DDT. A North American ban on DDT was enacted in 1972, and programs for the captive-breeding and re-introduction of peregrine falcons were introduced. These efforts led to a rebound of peregrine populations, with 65 to 75 pairs now estimated to be in Alberta.

Through careful monitoring and management of their threats, we can ensure Alberta’s peregrine falcon population continues to recover. The recovery strategies are cost-effective and can be achieved with collaborative efforts and resources of government, industry, conservation groups, agricultural producers and local stewardship groups.


  • Open

    February 19, 2019 – Public survey on updated recovery plan.

  • Results under review

    March 18, 2019 – Public survey closed.

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Environment and Parks

Input received

The Peregrine Falcon Draft Recovery Plan survey asked Albertans for feedback on the following 4 strategies to help Alberta's peregrine falcon population recover:

  • reducing human disturbance at nest sites
  • managing nesting pairs to reduce the loss of young
  • monitoring population size
  • monitoring pesticide residue in non-productive eggs


Feedback was used to help us finalize the Alberta peregrine falcon recovery plan [2021].