Peregrine Falcon follows Bald Eagle off Florida's endangered species list
South Florida Audubon forwarded this news item to me:
Peregrine Falcons Taken Off Florida's Endangered Species List
June 18, 2009 7:08 a.m. EST
Kris Alingod - AHN Contributor
Tallahassee, FL (AHN) - The peregrine falcon has been taken off Florida's endangered species list. The world's fastest bird, peregrines had dwindled to 324 pairs in 1975 due to the widespread use of harmful pesticides.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday approved the delisting of the peregrine, calling the combined efforts of wildlife managers and individual to save the species as "one of the best examples of wise conservation practices."
The agency will be implementing a management plan to continue to protect peregrines, which was delisted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from its endangered list in 1999 but continues to be protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The Commission will also decide in September whether to allow peregrines for falconry.