Peregrine Falcon Population On The Rise


Sue Cameron (left) and Laura Rogers monitor Peregrine behavior at Panthertail Mountain in Panthertown Valley.

To the passing observer, the side of Panthertail Mountain was another massive rock face, not uncommon in Transylvania County, and part of the area's impressive scenery. However, to the crew set up with spotting scopes along the road, it was something special.

This cliff was home to a nesting pair of peregrine falcons. These falcons are monogamous and return to the same nesting site, year after year, to breed. Their long-time presence at this site was revealed by the white streak running down the cliff face from the ledge where their nest was perched – years of built-up bird poop. The cre...

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