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Talon Tales - Chapter Reports

The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

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March 2002 - Ottawa, Quebec, Kitchener-Waterloo


November 2001 - Ottawa, Quebec, Kitchener-Waterloo
August 2001 - Ottawa, Quebec
May 2001 - Ottawa, Quebec
February 2001 - Ottawa, Quebec


November 2000 - Quebec
August 2000 - Quebec


The article below is an example of a Chapter Report, from the August 2001 issue of Talon Tales.

Ottawa Chapter

 

Ottawa
Supporters

 

Ottawa Crowne
Plaza Hotel

 

Constitution Square

 

Storm Internet
Services

 

TD Friends of
the Environment
Foundation

 

Oxford Properties

 

Wild Bird
Care Centre

 

Ottawa Field-
Naturalists’ Club

 

Lynwood
Animal Hospital

 

Ottawa
Stewardship Council

 

Leeds County
Stewardship Council

 

 

Contact information:

 Mailing address:
Canadian Peregrine Foundation
Ottawa Chapter
P.O. Box 20494
Ottawa ON K1N 1A3

ottawa@peregrine-foundation.ca

phone: (613) 789-2131

 

Falcon Watch Centre 2001:
The Ottawa Falcon Watch Centre operated this year from late April until the beginning of August, again in Constitution Square thanks to the continued support of building management. Unfortunately, technical difficulties kept us from presenting a live video signal from the nest ledge this year, but we received a steady stream of visitors nonetheless. Highlights of the season included the arrival of foster chick Bailey on June 5, and the banding of Bailey and Quest on June 15, both of which attracted crowds that filled the Centre to capacity. Later in the season, Odo the barn owl (see page 16) made daily appearances at the Centre, quickly attracting lots of new fans.

Another foster peregrine for Ottawa:
After seeing only one of this year’s three eggs hatch successfully, the Ottawa Chapter began developing plans to foster another chick into the nest to benefit from Horizon and Connor’s parenting skills. Considering the success of the three foster chicks introduced at this site in 1999, there was no doubt that the adults would rise to the task. The other half of the challenge was raising the money to purchase a chick from a breeder for release. The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation stepped forward to finance the project, and named the young peregrine Bailey. A public event was held in the Falcon Watch Centre to introduce Bailey to the community before placing him in the nest, where he was quickly integrated into the family. All were saddened by Bailey’s unexpected death on June 24.

Working for peregrine safety:
As described in this issue’s feature article (page 8), glass-windowed buildings pose a serious threat to young peregrines learning to fly. In Ottawa, the 12-storey building at 240 Sparks has been a particular problem, with three fledglings dying from collisions with it over the past four years. In 1999 and 2000, streamers were hung over the windows during the fledging season to act as a visual distraction, but they were neither prominent enough nor covering a sufficiently large part of the building to ensure that the threat posed by the building was eliminated.


Ryan Robson and Leslie Hunt of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources sort out one of the panels of banners on the roof of 240 Sparks street. Each panel consisted of three to four vertical banners of triangular flags connected with horizontal segments of Canada flags. (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

This spring, representatives from the Canadian Peregrine Foundation, Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, and Ministry of Natural Resources met with the management and maintenance staff at 240 Sparks to discuss options for this year. An ambitious plan was agreed upon to decorate the entire west and south faces of the building with a network of conspicuous interconnected streamers. Volunteers gathered in a school gymnasium in Kemptville on June 10 to assemble fifteen multi-sectioned panels for use at the site, composed of sections of rope and banners totaling more than 4 kilometres in length.

Following the banding of the chicks on June 15, a team of volunteers began the installation of the banners. Work was slow at first, hampered both by the 33°C heat and by the challenges of coordinating efforts on the roof and on the ground with limited communication between the two levels. After four hours we called it a day and returned the next morning. Seven hours later we finally had the entire structure in place, and just in time, as a heavy thunderstorm swept in while we were packing up our gear on the roof. Overhearing conversations on the street the next day, we were pleased to discover many people complimenting the "Canada Day" decorations on the building. More importantly, staff at 240 Sparks agreed that the final product looked good.

Sadly, with the death of both of this year’s fledglings before they even had a chance to come near 240 Sparks, we were unable to prove the effectiveness of our decorations. However, we are confident that they would have helped, and having set a precedent this year, we hope that installing the same array again next June will meet with the approval of building staff.

International Plowing Match
September 18-22, 2001

This September the Canadian Peregrine Foundation will be participating in the International Plowing Match for the third time, with a full display including live birds from our Education Team. This year’s event is taking place in Navan, Ontario, just east of Ottawa. Nearly 600 exhibitors will be on site, and more than 250,000 visitors are expected over the five days of the event. The hours of operation are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Quebec Chapter

 

Quebec
Supporters

 

Falcon
Environmental
Services

 

Réseau Santé
Richelieu-Yamaska

 

Parc H.F. Baldwin

 

Terrain de golf
du Lac Lyster

 

Contact information:

Mailing address:

Canadian Peregrine Foundation
Quebec Chapter
P.O. Box 713
Sherbrooke QC  J1H 5L5

Quebec Chapter Director:
Denis Duteau
denduteau@yahoo.com

 1-866-PÈLERIN
(735-3746)

Montreal Regional Coordinator:
Yves Fredette
fredette@look.ca

phone: (450) 467-5672

Montérégie Regional Coordinator:
Gilik Tsultrim
tgelek_tsultrim@yahoo.com

phone: (450) 223-0301

 

Report on the nesting season:
Successful nesting was confirmed at four sites in southern Quebec this year. The downtown Montreal pair raised a single chick, while another pair further east on the island produced three young. 


August 2: The adult female peregrine from the Lac Lyster nest site, caught by chance while attempting to trap one of the youngsters for Project Track-’em. (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

The Mont St-Hilaire also raised three chicks, while the peregrines nesting on Mont Pinnacle above Lac Lyster were the only ones to produce four chicks, but two died after only a few weeks, perhaps in part because the young adult male at this site wasn’t providing enough food for all to survive.

Quebec Chapter events:
From May 5 to 13, the Quebec Chapter participated in the second annual Montreal Bird Festival, held at the Biodome. This event provided many people with a rare opportunity to view peregrine specimens up close and to learn about the biology and local distribution of the species. On July 8, Quebec Chapter Director Denis Duteau hosted a public viewing day at the Lac Lyster site, and those who attended were treated to a surprise appearance by one of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation's barn owls.

Quebec newsletter: Le Pèlerin
In May, the Quebec Chapter produced the first issue of "Le Pèlerin", a french-language newsletter for Quebec members of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation. Le Pèlerin features translations of articles which have appeared in previous issues of Talon Tales, as well as original articles on peregrine biology plus full reports on the status of Quebec nest sites and the activities of the Quebec Chapter. The second issue of Le Pèlerin will be available this September.

Rapport partiel sur la saison de nidification dans le sud du Québec:
Au moins 4 sites du sud du Québec ont produit des jeunes. Le couple localisé au centre-ville de Montréal a élevé un fauconneau alors qu’un autre couple nichant plus loin à l’est de l’île a produit 3 jeunes. Le couple du Mont-St-Hilaire, qui n’avait produit aucun jeune l’an dernier, a produit 3 jeunes à l’envol. Le site du Lac Lyster fut le seul site à produire 4 jeunes. Malheureusement, deux des fauconneau de ce site des cantons de l’Est n’ont pu survivre que quelques semaines. On est porté à croire que leur père, un jeune mâle adulte inexpérimenté, n’a pu capturer suffisamment de proies pour permettre la survie des quatre poussins. Un rapport beaucoup plus détaillé paraîtra dans le prochain numéro de "Talon Tales" de même que dans le numéro de septembre du "Pèlerin".

Evénements de la région Québec:
La région Québec de la Fondation Canadienne du Faucon Pèlerin a participé à la seconde édition du Festival des Oiseaux de Montréal qui s’est tenue au Biodôme du 5 au 13 mai dernier. Les nombreux visiteurs ont pu se renseigner sur la biologie et la distribution générale des faucons pèlerins au Québec. 


Dieppe, un mâle immature, était capturé le 2 août dernier, au Mont St-Hilaire.  Il a été bagué et muni d'un émetteur.  (Photo par Yves Fredette)

Le 8 juillet, Denis Duteau, directeur régional de la région Québec, a tenu une journée d’observation au site de nidification du Lac Lyster. En plus d’observer les faucons pèlerins présents sur le site, les visiteurs ont aussi fait connaissance avec un effraie des clochers, pour qui c’était sa première visite en terre québecoise.

Premier envol de la revue le "Pèlerin"
En mai dernier, le premier numéro du "Pèlerin", une revue de langue française destinée aux membres de la région Québec de la Fondation Canadienne du Faucon Pèlerin, a vu le jour. La première édition du "Pèlerin" contenait des articles déjà parus dans la revue "Talon Tales" de même que des condensés sur la biologie du faucon pèlerin. Les lecteurs ont aussi pu y retrouver des comptes-rendues de certains sites de nidification du Québec de même qu’un aperçu des activités de la région Québec de la Fondation Canadienne du Faucon Pèlerin. Le second numéro paraîtra en septembre.

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