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Bird, Wildlife and Habitat Conservation

Each month in 2016 Birdzilla.com will donate $100.00 to a different conservation, education or research organization in support of birds and other wildlife.  We call the program Small Bucks - Big Results!

January 2016

Peregrine Fund

The Peregrine Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving birds of prey from extinction. Throughout the world, birds of prey are threatened by shooting, poisoning, and loss of habitat. Saving these birds is an effective means of conserving the rich diversity of life that is critical to the future health of our planet and the well-being of generations to come.

Forty years ago, Peregrine Falcons were nearly extinct. With help from people like you, The Peregrine Fund saved this amazing bird of prey and has since worked with more than 100 other species in 65 nations.

Sensitive to toxins and other hazards, birds of prey offer clues about potential harm to many other species – including humans. Investing in them today secures the future for all of us.

California Condors are highly endangered. Only 22 individuals remained alive in 1982. Since 1996, The Peregrine Fund has produced condors at its captive breeding facility at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Idaho and released them in Arizona as a “non-essential experimental population” under a Memoranda of Understanding and applicable special permits with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and others.

Since 1996, The Peregrine Fund has released 162 condors, documented 25 wild-hatched young and102 fatalities (56 diagnosed, 42 missing or unknown), and returned 10 individuals to captivity permanently and one in temporary holding. We monitor daily movements and behavior of more than 70 individuals in the wilds of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Captive breeding, release, radio-tracking, and adaptive management has brought the total world population to more than 400.

We have identified lead poisoning as the principle mortality agent, its source, and advancements in reducing its prevalence and impact. The management agencies responsible for the harvest of game in Arizona and Utah have initiated mitigating efforts to reduce the amount of lead available to scavengers. With continued effort and progress towards reducing lead in the landscape, we are confident that the condor population has the potential to eventually thrive, reaching the recovery goal of 150 individuals and 15 breeding pairs. Continued efforts to encourage the use of non-lead alternatives for dispatching animals, wild or domestic, is key to this recovery effort.

  • $25 supports fieldwork for a day’s monitoring of critically endangered South Asian vultures
  • $50 provides a nest box for a pair of American Kestrels
  • $100 feeds three education birds at the visitor center for one month
  • $250 pays for permits and fees for one season to release Orange-breasted Falcons in Belize
  • $500 buys supplies to test California Condors for lead poisoning in the field
  •  $1,000 buys one canoe to research and monitor Madagascar Fish Eagles

Support the Peregine Fund on their web site.