• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program

Peregrine falcon is fitted with a transmitter.

June 18, 2001: Craig Koppie, endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, holds one of the female falcons fitted with a transmitter on Maryland Heights, 800 feet above the Potomac River.

National Park Service

2004 was the fourth year of a multi-year project to restore peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) to an historic nesting site on Maryland Heights. In addition to peregrine falcon restoration, this project will help obtain information about this migratory raptor species using satellite technology. This is an exciting opportunity to restore a migratory raptor species to its former range at Harpers Ferry, and to understand dispersal patterns, nesting habits, migration, mortality rates and other information which are unknown about this species. Peregrines were last seen nesting near Harpers Ferry in the 1952. In 1999, the peregrine falcon was delisted as a federal endangered species. However, it continues to be listed as a state endangered species in Virginia and Maryland.

This project is part of a post-recovery program involving federal and state government agencies, private non-profit organizations, and corporations dedicated to the recovery and understanding of peregrine falcons. Without their support, the Harpers Ferry project could not take place.

Related Links:

Peregrine Falcon Facts

Restoring Peregrine Falcons to the Park

Did You Know?

Photo of the National League of Colored Women at the John Brown Fort.

On July 14, 1896, during their first National Convention, the National League of Colored Women visited the John Brown Fort. They were the first group known to make such a pilgrimage to this site.