The peregrine falcon is classified as At Risk in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See
the Status of the Peregrine Falcon in Alberta report at:
This bird species is also listed as Threatened under the Wildlife Act. See the Species at Risk profile for this species
- There are 50 to 60 breeding pairs in Alberta.
- Declining pesticide residues in prey species are helping recovery.
- Populations have recently recovered somewhat from near-extinct levels.
As a Threatened species, the peregrine falcon is protected by the provincial Wildlife Act. It has been the subject of recovery
in Alberta since 1975; a program to reintroduce captive raised peregrines to the wild ended in 1996, as numbers of wild
birds were increasing.
The peregrine falcon is probably the fastest and most skilful flier of all birds and consequently for centuries has been
highly regarded for falconry. The peregrine in a dive may attain speeds over 300 kilometres per hour (190 miles per hour).
Posted: Oct 14, 2009