Peregrine falcons no longer ‘threatened’ in Pa. Meet the man responsible for their comeback

Written by on December 23, 2021

Peregrine falcons no longer ‘threatened’ in Pa. Meet the man responsible for their comeback

By Brad Klein
December 23, 2021

Biologist Art McMorris brings nestlings in from a ledge of the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg in 2019. (Photo courtesy of DCNR)

The peregrine falcon is a top predator, and the fastest bird on the planet.

Once federally endangered, it has now recovered over much of its range. And recently, Pennsylvania upgraded its population from ‘threatened’ to safely delisted.

Listen to the interview.

WLVR’s Brad Klein speaks with Art McMorris, the peregrine falcon coordinator for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. McMorris is stepping down from that position after 18 years of work on behalf of this charismatic predator.

McMorris says nesting peregrine falcons can be found throughout the Lehigh Valley, including at a cement plant in Nazareth, on the Route 33 bridge over the Lehigh River in Bethlehem Township and at a Bath quarry.

Also check out this story from 2020, after peregrine falcons were discovered nesting atop one of the blast furnaces on the SteelStacks campus in Betlehem.

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