The following animation is a summary of the first year of travels by this peregrine falcon, banded in 2002 as a nestling. These movements were tracked with satellite telemetry, in cooperation with the Canadian Peregrine Foundation. The maps display a sequence of locations, identified by date, from the summer of 2002 through June of 2003. These include early explorations, then dispersal from the nest area to a winter range, and then a spring flight to the bird's first summer residence.
Seemingly random flights at various stages, sometimes over 100s of miles in a few days, have revealed unexpected secrets in the life of this young falcon. Analysis is ongoing. These sequences include information through June 2003. Sara Mays produced the maps using ArcView during an internship at Lock Haven University.
The Pittsburgh female was the only one of four birds carrying a battery-powered transmitter