October 11, 2013 — If Indiana was suffering from empty nest syndrome in the past, it has made a remarkable recovery.
The peregrine falcon has come back to Indiana in a big way.
The Department of Natural Resources authorized the removal of the birds from the State’s endangered species list back in July, and it finally becomes official Sunday.
In 1965 there weren’t any peregrines nesting east of the Mississippi River.
Indiana’s re-introduction program began in 1991 with the fairly modest goal of establishing four nesting pairs in the state. This summer seventeen Indiana nesting pairs produced 46 peregrine falcons. Although still protected under state and federal guidelines, about two young migrating birds a year could now be captured by licensed falconers for training and use in falconry.