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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.
In 2009, the Alberta Peregrine Falcon Recovery Plan 2009-14 was created and came into effect. From 2015 to 2017, the Alberta Peregrine Falcon Recovery team evaluated the plan, and drafted an updated recovery plan.
The Peregrine Falcon Draft Recovery Plan survey asked Albertans for feedback on the draft plan. The plan identifies 4 strategies for the recovery of the Alberta peregrine falcon population:
- reduce human disturbance at nest sites
- manage nesting pairs to reduce the loss of young
- monitor population size
- monitor pesticide residue in non-productive eggs
The draft recovery plan outlines the associated outcome, progress measure and recovery action for each strategy.
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.
February 19, 2019 – Public survey on updated recovery plan.
Results under review
March 18, 2019 – Public survey closed.
TBD – Endangered Species Conservation Committee reviews plan and makes recommendations to the Minister.
Who is listening
Ministry of Environment and Parks
Last updated: June 17, 2020