Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Peregrine Falcon


Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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The endangered Peregrine Falcon is a rare sight to see anywhere, let alone in downtown Winnipeg. These amazing birds of prey are the fastest birds in the sky. They can reach speeds of 290km/hr when diving to snatch an unsuspecting pigeon from the sky.

The Peregrine is one of the largest falcons in North America. They became endangered when the use of pesticides such as DDT affected their eggs, making the shells weak. The Peregrine has been on a comeback since banning DDT in the 1970s. While still endangered, Manitoba’s conservation efforts have led to some recovery.

You can see Peregrine Falcons nesting on a few tall buildings in downtown Winnipeg. CBC (link) has a camera trained on the nest atop a downtown hotel, where you can watch the young. Peregrines have also been seen at Oak Hammock Marsh

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