recovery of the anatum peregrine falcon is progressing well in many parts of
eastern North America, there remains much that we don't know or understand about these
birds. One of the biggest mysteries remaining is what young peregrines
do in winter - we
know from our own observations that many adults in southern Ontario remain at their
breeding territories throughout the year, yet their offspring invariably disappear around
the end of summer. Occasionally they reappear elsewhere the following spring, but
often they are never seen again. What happens to these birds during their first fall
and winter? Project Track-'em aimed to uncover the answers to this and other
Click here for more information about the project,
its goals, and the technology used in it.
In 1999, we launched Project
Track-'em as a pilot study, and followed four juvenile peregrine falcons from
Ontario. We learned that three of the four spent the winter in Central or South
America, and we were able to follow one of them as he returned home in the spring.
In 2000, Project Track-'em
was expanded to follow the movements of an additional five peregrines
falcons from Ontario, Quebec, and New York State. This permitted
us to continue our research on the migratory routes and wintering habitats
of anatum peregrines, and also allowed us to begin drawing
comparisons between urban
and wild-raised birds.
Project Track-'em grew further, with seven peregrines under
observation. Four of these undertook significant migrations, with
their wintering grounds ranging from New York City to the Dominican Republic
to Colombia. Not only have we learned a great deal about the biology
of these birds, but in some cases, they have also offered us wonderful
insights into human attitudes toward raptors in different regions.
the fourth season of Project Track-'em involved partners in Alberta and Pennsylvania tracking peregrines,
as well as additional individuals from Ontario. As in the past, each bird
has a page of its
own on the CPF website, or on those of our partners.
marked the fifth and final year of Project Track-'em. The travels of
peregrines from Ontario and Pennsylvania can again be followed on our
website, by following the links below. Or, for more details on our research program, select the
background information link below.
to our 2001/2002 Project Track-'em partners and sponsors:
Friends of the Environment
Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Eastman Kodak Corp.
Microwave Telemetry Inc.
Pennsylvania Game Commission
City of Montreal
Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Canadian Wildlife Service
Canadian Space Agency
Ontario Hawking Club
Helen M. Peacock Foundation
University of Guelph