Vermont Audubon: 49 peregrine falcon pairs a modern record
MONTPELIER, VT. >> The once-endangered peregrine falcon had a good year in Vermont this year.
Audubon Vermont says 49 breeding pairs of the birds produced 67 young in 2015, a modern record.
Audubon biologists and more than 30 citizen scientists monitored the state's population and helped secure breeding cliffs from disturbances during the spring and early summer nesting period.
Five new breeding pairs were identified recently and three recently unoccupied nesting sites were reoccupied.
Peregrine falcons were pushed out of Vermont in the 1960s by the use of the pesticide DDT. Restoration efforts began in the 1980s and over the years the number of birds has continued to increase.
The bird was removed from the state's endangered and threatened species list in 2005.