The 2012 peregrine falcon nesting season is underway inOhio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

There are peregrine pairs at 25 to 38 sites and eggs are being incubated at eight sites in the state—Cleveland(three sites),Boston,Bowling Green,Aberdeen, Cleves andDayton. By April, most ofOhio’s adult breeding peregrine falcons will have paired with a mate and selected a nesting site.

Internet users can follow the progress of these and other peregrine nests at the Division of Wildlife’s peregrine falcon web page at wildohio.com. As the nesting season progresses, key events such as egg laying, hatching and fledging will be noted on the website for each nest.

Because of successful restoration activities inOhioand across the nation, the peregrine falcon was removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999, and inOhioit was down-listed from endangered to state-threatened in 2008.

Along with several other Midwestern states,Ohiobegan reintroducing the birds in 1989. Several pairs were released inOhio’s major cities between 1989 and 1992. Last year,Ohiohad 39 territorial pairs of peregrine falcons of which 32 were nesting pairs and were estimated to have successfully hatched and fledged 67 young.

Federal funds for the peregrine falcon project and other wildlife diversity efforts of the Division of Wildlife are provided through the State Wildlife Grant Program, which targets species with the greatest conservation need.

The division’s peregrine falcon management program has been supported by the sale of cardinal license plates, the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and contributions to the state’s Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Check-off Fund. Taxpayers may donate directly or designate all or part of their state income tax refunds to the effort by checking the box on line 25b or 25c of the 2011 Ohio Income Tax Form or line 18b or 18c on the Ohio1040 EZ form. Individuals wanting to donate can do so online at wildohio.com.

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