Conserving The Endangered Aplomado Falcon

Falcon Northern aplamada – excellent scallops with former habitat, which includes all of South America, Central America, Mexico and the US southwest. It is also critical disappears. That is why Bill Henry, manager of the restoration of species Peregrine Foundation, working to restore this species in the former American range. This medium-sized falcon was placed on the endangered species list in 1986. Peregrine Fund began experimenting with breeding in captivity Aplomado Sokolov and released them at approximately the same time. Prior to this, these Falcons did not have in the United States can be seen from the 1950s. Already for a long time do not have enough key predator of these unique ecosystems.

Aplomados mostly hunted and consumed by other birds and insects. This hunting behavior with & # 39 is unique because instead of having to deviate from the high elevations, most falcons, he discovers behavior that resembles atsydytar, pursuing his prey in the dense foliage. On average, this brutal falcon weighs less per pound but wingspan is 2 to 3 feet. As in other raptarav, females about 30% more than men. Normally, females lay 2-3 eggs on the wall, and the young held between 39 and 42 days. Aplomados not build their own nests, but takes the place of breeding of other species of birds. They are also easy to take artificial nesting structures.

Peregrine Fund has released 32 birds in captivity on Mustang Island, Texas, in 2012. In the same year 28 breeding pairs were identified in the survey, which produce 48 young. This yields 1.7 young per pair, Bill Henry and his team considered stable for the population of South Texas. Recovery efforts in West Texas and New Mexico were not as successful. More than 900 birds that were released with little success, Peregrine Fund is likely to transfer the bulk of their efforts on South Texas. I hope to continue to increase the number of the population and to expand the range of Apamada there.

Surveys conducted in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, found only a few breeding pairs in 2012. "It's frustrating, as well as the low success rate in New Mexico and West Texas, explains the prolonged drought that this area has gone through and conversion of habitat to agricultural use, -. Says Bill Henry If the population of any organism is reduced to critically low numbers, they are. are extremely sensitive to natural disturbances such drought or disease. Add habitat degradation caused by man, and the restoration of such species becomes high (but not bad) steam dkam.

The next step to the Bill & # 39 is adjacent to attract federal refuge Laguna Atascosa County, Aranzazu and Mustang Island State Park, in order to improve local conditions for the Falcons Apalamada and expand understanding of why this population is increasing in terms subaptymalnyh climatic conditions. . Meanwhile, another Aplomados be grown in captivity at the World Center Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, and then released in South Texas as an important part of the restoration program. For more information about the Fund and Peregrine Falcon Falcon restoration project, please contact Bill Henry directly address bheinrich@peregrinefund.org.

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