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narjis hemani

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Peregrine Falcon

DDT, is one of the main causes that put peregrine falcons in the endangered list. DDT is a colorless, crystalline, tasteless and almost odorless chemical used for insect removal. Farmers used this so ants would not destroy their fields, but the chemical spread out and took lives of many falcons causing the population to reduce.
As we know Peregrine Falcons live on cliffs, near shorelines overlooking open space. But like falcons, humans also love shorelines and build cities there, which the falcons can not live in. Some falcons are used to live in cities, but most enjoy calm and peaceful places, without any humans and cities.
Interesting Facts
Did you know:
Peregrine Falcons have been trained for hunting for thousands of years
Falcons were always a prized bird
It is also called a Duck Hawk
In the wild Falcons can live up to 17 years
It kills by biting into the neck
Females are larger than males
Since it was killing falcons, the government banned DDT which killed more people than Adolf Hitler
Peregrine Falcons were used in Falconry for more than 3,000 years
They were used to intercept homing pigeons during World War II
The only animals that prey on Falcons are Horned Owls, Gyrfalcons and Golden Eagles
Prompt Peregrine
Peregrine Falcon the fastest animal on Earth. It can fly up to 389 km per hour( 242 m per hour ). Also it has amazing beauty, from it's tiny but fierce head to it's soft tail.
In 1970 the Anatum Peregrine Falcon had almost disappeared from North America. But Canadian Biologists established a captive breeding program in Canada, although many said it wouldn't be possible, the recovery of Peregrine Falcon's population was spontaneous.
Still, Peregrine Falcons are dieing due to the cold climate, excessive rainfall and too much Ice and snow.
In the destructive ice storm that we recently encountered, some falcons had died since there habitat was frozen!
The word "Peregrine" means wanderer, that's why Peregrine Falcons are found in every continent except one which is Antarctica (it is also not found in New Zealand and Ice land). In Canada Peregrine Falcons now nest in and around Toronto and several other southern Ontario cities,most of the population is found around Lake Superior in northwestern Ontario, on cliffs.Some cities that peregrine falcons live in are Hamilton, Guelph, Owen Sound, etc.
Causes for Endangerment
Are We Helping?
What will their legacy be?
Farewell Falcon
Adaptations of Peregrine Falcon:
Incredible eyesight
Black mustache strips on side of their head (reduces glare from the sun)
Pointed wings
39-49 cm long
100-110 cm wingspan
Weighs 530-1600 g
Large feet (helps grab prey)
small cone in nose (helps breath when moving with speed)
Light weight bones
Rainfall, before there used to be a balance between rain, sun and other weather. Every thing was fine, then rain took over, and the peregrine falcons started dying. Excessive rainfall is diminishing the numbers of falcons, in fact most of the baby chicks die due to the extra rain their body can't take.
Yes , we are helping in numerous ways. First things first, there are many laws involving killing or even harming a falcon, you can be fined to pay thousands or could be put in jail. Secondly, DDT was banned in most of the world, since scientists have proven it is poisoning to many animals not just Peregrine Falcons. Thirdly, some scientists raise chicks, which helps in survival. They are kept safe and trained to survive in the wild. And the last but not least is hospitals, there is specific hospitals for treating wounded falcons.
We will all have a legacy, weather it's good or bad, it is still considered as a legacy. What will Peregrine Falcon's legacy be(and I don't mean if we will miss them or not)? Will their loss effect their food chain? Definitely, there will a massive change, populations of animals such as doves, pigeons, songbirds, insects, and other small mammals and reptiles will increase rapidly. Since the falcon's prey increased, the prey's prey will decrease and the prey;s prey's prey will increase. Don't get it let me explain.
Scientific name:
Falco Peregrinus

Amazing isn't it, the beauty, the electrifying speed, it's all just inexplicable. Peregrine Falcons are the most fascinating creatures I've ever known and you enjoyed my presentation on Falco Peregrinus!
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