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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Peregrine Falcon 2006

Young peregrine chicks in hack box

Young peregrine chicks inside hack box.

In 2006, 15 nestling peregrine falcons were released over the course of three separate release events or hacks. Following release, only one falcon vacated the general hack area or postfledging area (PFA) in less than the recommended threshold of 14 days. This two week criteria is used because it is a critical period when the juvenile falcons are highly susceptible to mortality from other birds of prey, etc. The release success exhibited at NERI of nearly 94% may have been the highest documented for hacked peregrine falcons since national recovery efforts were initiated in the 1970s.

Read the 2006 Peregrine Report.

Did You Know?

smallmouth bass

The New River is a very popular warm water fishery. The West Virginia state record for length of Smallmouth Bass - 25.5 inches and 7.5 lbs - was caught in the New River in 1976.