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Peregrine Falcons released on the banks of the Columbia River

Posted by thunsdorfer at Oct 26, 2013 04:15 PM |

Oct. 26, 2013: Portland Audubon released two rehabilitated Peregrine Falcons today in Portland's Kelley Point Park. Thanks to our Wildlife Care Center staff and volunteers, the falcons had made a full recovery from what was likely botulism poisoning.

Peregrine Falcons released on the banks of the Columbia River

Katy Weil releases a Peregrine Falcon - Scott Carpenter

Portland Audubon released two rehabilitated Peregrine Falcons today in Portland's Kelley Point Park. The young, female falcons were found in north Portland Sept. 16 and 18, respectively, and both birds were likely suffering from botulism poisoning.

Around the time the falcons became ill, a small avian botulism outbreak was taking place at Smith and Bybee Lakes. The youngsters probably fed on contaminated waterfowl from the lakes.

Thanks to the efforts of our Wildlife Care Center staff and volunteers, the falcons made a full recovery, and we were able to work with Portland Parks and Recreation to find an appropriate release site for the birds. They successfully flapped their way back into the wild from the beach of Kelley Point Park, located on the banks of the Columbia River.

As the video below shows, Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger released the first falcon, and Metro biologist Katy Weil released the second. Metro staff had originally found one of the birds and brought her to Audubon.

Bob Sallinger releases a Peregrine Falcon - Scott Carpenter
Bob Sallinger releases a Peregrine Falcon - Scott Carpenter
Katy Weil gets ready to release a Peregrine Falcon - Scott Carpenter
Katy Weil gets ready to release a Peregrine Falcon - Scott Carpenter
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