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Falcons soaring again

Hurricane, O’Connor and their two chicks nesting behind the big H at aRexdale hospital are proof Ontario’s peregrine falcon population is onthe rise.

Hurricane, O’Connor and their two chicks nesting behind the big H at a Rexdale hospital are proof Ontario’s peregrine falcon population is on the rise.

They are one of 10 nesting pairs in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is currently conducting a peregrine falcon survey and wants bird lovers to report occupied territories — an area where at least one falcon is known to live.

Lisa Nyman, a biologist with the ministry, is in charge of the survey.

“Their population is increasing,” she said, “and we have confirmed new nests in Ontario this year.”

Peregrine falcons were on the endangered list until 2005, when the most recent survey revealed 78 occupied falcon territories in Ontario. But ministry officials think that may jump to 100 when the survey is completed later this year, according to biologist Chris Risley.

 
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