In the Fall the birds migrated away and we all are anxious to see how many return this Spring. Because of their high velocity lifestyle, Peregrines have a very high mortality rate for the first 3 years of their lives. Capable of attaining speeds of 260 miles an hour, they are the fasted creatures on planet Earth. Their aggressive and acrobatic flying style makes them a natural spectacle of the first order. It will be good to see them flying free here in the Gorge once again.
|Once out at the site, we had to transfer the chicks from the carrier to the hack box, which was a
bit nerve wracking as there can be no slip-ups out
on the edge of the cliff either with the birds or people. Baby
Peregrines may be small, but they are high strung and loud.
the box they go.
|Below, Wendy Perrone drops food down the tube into the hack box. The idea is to not allow the chicks to see who is feeding them and thus avoid psychologically imprinting the birds on humans.|
Peregrine have arrived and are about to be transported out to the hack
box on the
cliff by WV DNR's Jack Wallace and Alisha Morey of TRAC. It was a
twenty minute walk out to the cliff and we all took turns with the
|A New Home
Jack gets an earfull from one of the chicks.
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