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Northern Aplomado Falcons nest on Matagorda Island
Southwest Region, May 1, 2001
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Six pairs of northern aplomado falcons are currently nesting on Matagorda Island NWR. The Island is home to ten pairs of birds. The falcons were reintroduced to Matagorda Island beginning in 1996 when six birds were hacked by the Peregrine Fund Inc. Birds were released for the next three years on the south end of the Island. In 1999, the first documented successful nest fledged 3 young. This year, the six nesting pairs is up from three pairs last year and two the previous year. The pairs nest in old cara cara or white-tailed hawk nests in the top of macartney rose bushes. The birds can be observed perched above the coastal prairie or on logs found on the beach and by visitors on the north end of the Island.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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