Back from the brink: Peregrine Falcon populations on the rise in Missouri

by Mar 26, 2019Farm News

MISSOURI — Missouri is home to a number of different predatory birds from owls to eagles, hawks and falcons.

However, one species was almost completely eliminated from the local ecosystem.

The Peregrine Falcon, one of the fastest animals on the planet, nearly went extinct in Missouri, but thanks to conservation projects by the Missouri Department of Conservation and other organizations, falcon populations are beginning to rebound.

 

According to an article in the latest issue of the Missouri Conservationist by the Missouri Department of Conservation, one of the sites of the statewide conservation effort is the Commerce Tower in downtown Kansas City.

Nesting boxes made for the falcons are placed on the roof of the skyscraper, where they have a place to call home that vaguely resembles their natural habitat.

Other locations for nesting box locations are various other tall buildings and smokestacks from power plants and other industrial facilities around the state. 

In the wild, Peregrine Falcons live high in bluffs and cliffs where they use the height of their nest to dive onto their pray at speeds that can occasionally exceed 200 miles per hour. 

With these aerial acrobats living in Kansas City, they can feed on the many pigeons and other small birds that also inhabit the region. 

For more information about the Peregrine Falcon in Missouri, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website.