TOP 5 VIEWING SITES
• Public Square area, downtown Cleveland, Cuyahoga County
• Landmark Building, downtown Akron, Summit County
• Ironton-Russell Bridge over the Ohio River, Lawrence County
• PNC Bank Building, downtown Cincinnati, Hamilton County
• University of Toledo, Lucas County
Peregrine falcons were removed from the Federal endangered species list in August 1999. In Ohio peregrines are a threatened species. Falcons regularly migrated through Ohio but did not nest here historically because Ohio lacked the cliffs they required for nesting. Recovery efforts and use of man-made structures for nesting have allowed falcons to breed in Ohio since the late 1980s. Ohio’s population grew steadily through the 1990s and exceeded 30 nesting pairs during 2011. In 2012, 30 successful nests fledged 61 young falcons.
Many avid birders volunteer to assist the Division of Wildlife as we annually locate and monitor these nesting pairs. Others simply enjoy them from a distance, preferring to follow them throughout the nesting season via web cameras (see below). Interest in the birds and program remains high among Ohio’s falcon enthusiasts.
View Ohio falcons during the spring nesting season via the Internet in:
Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton