Species at Risk
Peregrine Falcon (anatum subspecies)
Why protect the Peregrine Falcon?
Each year Parks Canada conservation staff assist
in Peregrine Falcon ecological monitoring, research and annual nesting
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As predatory birds at the top of their food chain, peregrine falcons are
important both to the ecosystem
and to biodiversity
in Canada. They continue to be vulnerable to the effects of chemical pollutants
such as pesticides. Anyone who has seen the amazing aerobatics of peregrine
falcons in flight would agree that this majestic bird should be protected
for the benefit of future generations.
In Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service has a lead role in the management
and protection of peregrine falcons, with the assistance of other partners.
Management and protection of the Northeastern Alberta population has been
a joint effort between the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Alberta government
(Sustainable Resource Development), and Parks Canada (Wood Buffalo National
Park of Canada).
What is Parks Canada doing to protect the Peregrine Falcon?
Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada protects nesting sites of the peregrine falcon.
These sites are classified as Zone 1 Special Preservation under the Wood Buffalo
National Park of Canada Management Plan. Public access is prohibited due to
the extreme sensitivity of the birds while they are nesting and raising their
Park resource conservation staff assist Canadian Wildlife Service and Alberta
Sustainable Resource Development staff with ecological monitoring, research,
and annual nesting surveys. As a result of these efforts, the Northeastern
Alberta population has increased from a low of nine pairs in 1990, to 31 pairs
The presence of Peregrine falcons in Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada
is very special, and is one reason why the park is a World Heritage Site.