The prairie falcon breeds and winters throughout western North America. It is found in the grassland and foothill natural
regions of southern Alberta.
The prairie falcon is classified as Sensitive in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See the Status
of the Prairie Falcon in Alberta report at:
In a subsequent detailed status assessment, Alberta's Endangered Species Conservation Committee identified the prairie falcon
as a Species of Special Concern — a species that without human intervention may soon become threatened with extinction.
- Population is dependent on the availability of secure nest sites and an adequate base population of ground squirrels.
Like all raptors in Alberta, the prairie falcon is protected by the provincial Wildlife Act and classified as a non-game
This species is a focal species of the MULTISAR (multiple species at risk) program.
MULTISAR strives to conserve multiple species at risk by working cooperatively with landowners and lease holders to implement
voluntary beneficial management practices on native prairie habitat. Surveying local populations, assessing the ecological
status of the habitat, developing management recommendations and habitat enhancement projects, and monitoring the species'
response over time are key elements of the program. See:
Posted: Mar 11, 2009