Peregrine Falcons of Morro Rock
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Peregrine Falcon Fledgling
Peregrine Falcon Fledgling
and Adult Peregrine images by Cleve Nash
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This site's content, though still relevent as a record of the Peregrine recovery effort, was last updated in 2010.
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Peregrine Falcons have held our fascination throughout history.
Egyptians worshiped them as gods and drawings of Falcons are found in hieroglyphs.

"The Falcon has been worshipped from earliest times as a cosmic deity whose body
represents the heavens and whose eyes represent the sun and the moon."

From the Mysteries of Egypt site, which is no longer online

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Today Peregrines are prized by falconers as the best bird for their sport, are sought out for observation, are the subject of television programs, are used as symbols for businesses, are protected by state and federal laws, and are loved by people the world over. Find out more about this fascinating bird of prey by clicking on About Peregrines.

The Peregrine recovery in California is due mostly to the ban on the pesticide, DDT, and the efforts of the original Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPBRG). Working closely with many agencies, interest groups, volunteers, and other individuals, they coordinated the return of the Peregrine Falcon throughout the state.

Each year I kept an informal diary of what's happening during breeding season. Reading about what is going on through the current year's diary is a good way to plan your visits. After all, who wants to miss watching fuzzy white chicks peek out at us or fledging?  

There is a nice collection of images shared with us throughout the years on most of the pages. In fact, new ones have been added with the most recent update of the site design. You might want to make a quick run through each of the pages to make sure you haven't missed any. Unless otherwise noted, most of the photos on the site, including those on the site banner at the top of each page, are taken by Cleve Nash.

While the Peregrine population has made a wonderful comeback, there aren't many places where you can so easily see them as at Morro Rock. On top of that, we are blessed with being able to watch our Peregrines throughout the year. They often nest and raise their young right where we can sit back and enjoy the show.

Peregrine Falcons are still fully, legally protected. Read a brief summary of laws protecting Peregrine Falcons.

Over the course of about a year, we removed a large colony of feral cats from the Rock. Read a brief account of that at Feral Cat Colony.

And finally, if you still haven't had enough, check out some of the many other web sites dedicated to Peregrines on our Favorite Predatory Bird Links page.

A dear friend, Harold Wieman, wrote this and I want to share it with you. It's a good thought to keep in mind.

"It is very good for the locol folk to see someone was ecstatic over the seagull soaring in the breeze or a Great Blue Heron coasting across the sunset or Brown Pelicans flying perfect formation. We need to be reminded again and again by the tourist what it is like to see something of beauty for the first time; an object of beauty should have nothing taken away from it just because it is commonplace."

You can contact me anytime: JudySullivan. Please put "Peregrine Falcons" in the subject line.
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