Date: 5/9/18 1:36 pm From: Christian Martin <cmartin...> Subject: [NHBirds] RE: Tragedy for Haverhill Peregrine Falcons
Well said, Steve. And just for context, NH Audubon has collaborated with NH Fish & Game and other partners to band 51 out of 51 (100%) of the peregrine fledglings from the downtown Manchester territory in 17 consecutive successful nesting seasons since 2001 (not counting this Spring's young). Over the years we have documented encounters with 25 (11 dead and 14 alive) of those banded fledglings ... nearly 50%. Manchester-raised peregrine chicks have shown up in 6 northeastern states (ME, NH, MA, CT, RI, and NY).
It's really a shame when any wild raptor dies from a gunshot, and there's no excuse for it. Like robins and killdeers and all other migratory birds, peregrines are covered under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Attempts to dilute this law, now being considered in Washington, DC, could further weaken protection for birds. Obviously, birds have enough threats to deal with without legal threats being added to the list.
OK, end of soapbox speech.
Senior Biologist, NH Audubon
New Hampshire Audubon – Protecting New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people.
From: Stephen Mirick [mailto:<smirick...>]
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 11:24 AM
To: <nhbirds...>; Massbird
Subject: Tragedy for Haverhill Peregrine Falcons
As hard as it is to believe, people still shoot hawks. And sadly, this
time it is one of "mine". The male of the Haverhill Peregrine Falcons
"72/AB" was shot and killed in Salem, NH on Saturday. It was reported
by the Salem, NH police department on their Facebook page and and on the
WMUR television web site:
"72/AB" was 6 years old this May. He was born on the Brady-Sullivan
building in Manchester, NH in 2012 and finally settled on Haverhill as a
place to live and raise his families. He raised at least 2 broods in
Haverhill. Jane and I were excited first ID him in Haverhill in
December 2014 and were proud to find the first nest site for Haverhill
during 2015 on the ledge of a dentist office building downtown. That
year, he raised two youngsters. In 2016 he returned, but decided to
nest at a different location. Jane and I spent a long morning searching
before finding the nest under the Basiliere Bridge over the Merrimack
River in Haverhill. That year he fledged 3 or 4 youngsters. Some
memorable photos from his life including his birth and death: