Peregrine Falcons No Longer on Ohio’s Threatened Species List
2014 was the last year that the Cincinnati peregrine falcons from the downtown 4th and Vine building were banded. This is wonderful news because it is due to the success of Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) restoration project! Officially, peregrine falcons left Ohio’s list of threatened species on July 1, 2015 and no longer require specific monitoring.
On a federal level, peregrine falcons were listed as endangered in 1970 as a result of the use of the pesticide DDT. Due to their successful comeback across the country peregrines, were removed from the federal endangered list in 1999.
This year ODNR identified 35 peregrine falcon pairs in Ohio. Last year, 67 young falcons fledged from 30 known Ohio nests. Besides the downtown Cincinnati nest, there is one in Cleves at the Miami Fort Station Power Plant, one in Moscow at the Zimmer Power Plant, and at the Beckjord Power Station in New Richmond. Known to nest on cliffs, these locations offer tall nesting sites with a commanding view.
ODNR will continue to keep a distant eye on the peregrine falcon nests statewide and RAPTOR Inc. will continue to keep them informed of any admission of injured falcons. The live downtown Cincinnati RAPTOR Cam camera operated during their nesting period, approximately April through June, will continue to provide a window into their world. For a video of the last 2014 downtown Cincinnati banding, see https://vimeo.com/99275744.
posted by Cindy Alverson