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 male was last reported in Ontario, Canada on August 24 along the north shore of Lake Erie. No data has been received since.
February 26, 2004 - In a completely unexpected twist, this young male appeared back in downtown Pittsburgh in early February. Unfortunately, he was found dead. He apparently flew into a window or another object - the cause of death was extreme trauma. He still carried the backpack transmitter, which had not sent data since August 2003. This is the first evidence that one of the three solar-powered transmitters failed to function. It is heartening that he survived six months after we lost contact, even though it ended unfortunately. My personal opinion is that his demise came about from interaction with the local nesting pair - newly established since his departure. In other words, one of the pair that replaced his parents probably was driving him off, resulting in this accident. This is the first recovered transmitter for Pennsylvania's project.