Peregrine falcons are on the Ohio state list of threatened birds. Ohio Division of Wildlife staff monitors 28 to 39 sites with territorial falcon pairs, as well as three sites with single birds. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is fortunate to have two pair.
"Rocky" and "Lara"
"McKinley" and "Strike" Join the Park
Peregrine Falcon Description
Adults have long, pointed, dark blue-gray wings and backs, barred with black, and pale undersides. Their faces are white with a black stripe on each cheek, and they have large, dark eyes. Females are larger and more powerful than males.
Although they have a high mortality rate, peregrines have been known to live as long as 15 years.
Eggs to Eyas
Around forty days, young peregrines begin flying but they are still dependent on their parents for up to four weeks. The young falcons leave the area where they hatched by the end of summer to disperse and establish a territory of their own, elsewhere.
Did You Know?
During the Great Depression, the "boys of Company 567" of the Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape the landscape that would later become Cuyahoga Valley National Park by constructing buildings, playfields, and a lake, as well as planting over 100 acres of trees.