!!! The Toronto Rogers Centre steps up to the plate and hits a big home-run in support of Canada’s Species at Risk!

June 30, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

June 30th - 2015
While it was never directly confessed to us that the roof may have kept closed on the day that we released the three young fledgling baby peregrines back to their parents at the Rogers Centre, it does appear that the Rogers centre does in fact have a soft spot in their heart for Toronto’s other very special birds!
Actually, “their resident birds”!

One of Toronto’s best kept little secrets slipped out of the “dug-out” officially today as the Toronto Globe & Mail published its article on a recent event and happening that took place at the Toronto Rogers Centre.

Read the Globe and Mail article at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/blue-jays-share-rogers-centre-with-family-of-falcons/article25192972

A CBC radio interview about the event on CBC Radio - “As It Happens” at approx. 9:56 minutes into the show
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.3133344

Truly a home-run for both the Rogers Centre and their nesting peregrines,, including that of the four peregrine babies that was produced this season at the Rogers centre nest site.

Actually, the Rogers centre staff have been very supportive of their nesting peregrines and have been hugely supportive behind the scenes as they have been working with the Canadian Peregrine Foundation over the past two seasons to ensure that birds needs have been addressed. Up to and including rescuing one of this years grounded baby peregrine falcons! With towel in hand, Dave McCormick, Director of Engineering at the Rogers Centre successfully rescued the first young baby peregrine as it came to ground, bewildered and confused. (Both Dave and the young peregrine falcons) :-)

After a quick telephone call to Mark Nash at the CPF, and some simply instructions as to how to do a fledgling peregrine rescue with just a towel, Dave sprung into action and successfully rescued the young fledgling from the street and put it in the rescue carrier that CPF had left at the Rogers Centre for this purpose.

Back to some history,, with some extensive roofing repairs and waterproofing that has been ongoing over the past two years, the Rogers centre has been most accommodating, working with the CPF and birds to ensure that the birds nesting and family rearing events haven’t been disrupted while working out the roof repair schedules to best accommodate both parties.

It just goes to show you, when you put your minds to it, and with a little consideration and proper management, things can work out just fine! Roof repairs successfully completed, peregrines nesting and family rearing successfully completed,,, and a win - win for everyone!! Canada’s species at risk numbers goes up by another three!
Three home-runs!!!

This despite the fact that peregrines do sometimes eat Blue Jays! ;-)


!!! Rogers Centre fledglings

June 21, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Sunday June 21st - 2015
I had two in view this afternoon. I left at 2:30 and returned at 5pm.
What an air show with at least 2 juvies in the air.

It wasn’t until 6:30 that I spotted another on the south side of the Centre close to where the release was. It stayed there for the longest time, and the adult weren’t in view. I wasn’t sure if the adults were ignoring it or didn’t know it was there. At 7:30 the adult female came in and it had a good feed. It stayed there and made no attempt to fly.

When I left at 8:15 and it was lying down on the south side of the Centre next to one of the light boxes. It could have been a third juvie not sure with two of them flying very well. Little Pop Fly likes to land on the window frames of the up structure of the CN Tower.

Linda

!!! Toronto Rogers Centre - Little “Pop-Fly” as he was named, checks both into and out of the Renaissance hotel!

June 22, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

June 16th - 2015
Ok, this is getting a little much,, with three of the four Toronto Rogers Centre fledglings having been rescued in the past 48 hours.
Someone said, its actually raining peregrines, and they were right!

This short little clip shows the CPF’s Mark and Marion deep within the mechanical room of the Renaissance Toronto Hotel at the Toronto Rogers Centre successfully rescuing the little fledgling that was names “Pop-Fly”. See the CPF YouTube video at: https://youtu.be/MWmOR5b3hPE

Having been caught in the air duck on the upper roof, then falling down two floors within the hotel into a closed off mechanical room, it was lucky that he was actually spotted at all by one of the hotels engineers who just happened to hear an odd noise from behind one of the locked doors, and luckily he investigated! The engineer alerted Dave McCormick at the Rogers centre and he called CPF after investigating himself to confirm that it was a peregrine falcon.

So you can see by the video, there was simply no way out for this little guy to escape on his own and rescue came just in time!
It is worth noting that this is the exact same area of the hotel that we rescued another one of the Rogers centre’s fledglings last year!

!!! All Three Rogers Centre Fledglings were successfully released back to their parents!

June 20, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

June 18th - 2015

All Three Rogers Centre Fledglings were successfully released back to their parents today with both resident adult parents in attendance!

With the added bonus,, we were also able re-confirmed that the forth fledgling is still very much alive, on site, quite visible and doing very well indeed!! It looks like another female by it size after looking at the photos, and is the only one of the four that has not come down that needed to be rescued. As such, the forth juvenile is NOT banded like it other three siblings.

So, their particulars are: 3 females and 1 male
1st- Female - 865 grams, banded K over 40, named “Striker” with Red Marker Tape
2nd- Female - 855 grams, banded K over 41, named “Chopper” with Yellow Marker Tape
3rd- Male - 682 grams, banded X over 02, named “Pop-fly” with Blue Marker Tape
*4th - Female - *Unbanded

The triple release went very well indeed despite my anxiety of having to put three fledglings back on the same roof and not causing them to panic-fly and bolt off a ledge or upper roof elevation by my presence, before I could get off of the roof area and out of their sight.

With Linda Woods in position on the ground with a radio and binoculars in hand, Lee, (one of the Rogers centre engineering staff) we made our way to one of the upper roof elevations on the south end of the Rogers centre where we found an ideal release spot, one that was protected with a 8 plus feet tall retaining walls on both sides and away from the tracks that allow the Rogers centre roof to open.

With the Blue Jays and Mets game only moments away from starting, (and while the Rogers dome/roof still closed), the large rescue carrier that containing the three fledglings in was put in position, the door was removed and finally the towel removed, I was able to escape their view to the man door where Lee was waiting and get out of their sight before any of the fledglings left the carrier!

A huge thank you to the Rogers centre staff for all of their assistance with both the rescues and releases, and for their consideration of keeping the Rogers centre roof closed for this go-round of these releases. It is nice to see that Rogers has consideration for Canada’s species at risk with both the birds and the public’s safety and health in consideration.

A big thank also you to Linda Woods for coming down and spending so much time on the Rogers centre nest, as this location is a very challenging location to deal with,, , with no affordable parking, a very congested part of the city and no local support to count on!

The Blue Jays and Mets game of course went on as scheduled, with a packed stadium of baseball fans completely unaware of all of the outside rooftop activity going on with their resident peregrines and their four babies! :-)

Before I could get back to the ground and hook up with Linda, the little male “Pop-Fly” with the Blue tape, was already air borne and chasing his parents around for food!!! We watched Pop-Fly and his unbanded sister squabble on the Rogers centre roof for the food that their dad brought in, (hastily taken by the resident adult female) that was initially delivered to Pop-Fly.

We watched allot of flights and interaction with the two fledglings and the resident adult parents, and it was quite obvious that both resident adults were a little overwhelmed with the return of three of their offspring all at once. We did not although see either of the two banded fledglings leave the release site, and of darkness, they had not become visible to our view.

We departed at dusk.


!!! Third Rogers centre fledgling down! Trapped in the mechnical room of the Toronto Renaissance Hotel! Three fledglings Banded!

June 16, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

June 16th - 2015
Banding day!
Ok, just when you think that it can’t get any more hectic, trust me,, it can! Remember, its peregrine seasons!!!
Rules of engagement and supplies needed, forget your social life, family and friends,, don’t bother to waste your money to shop for food, as you’ll never be home long enough to eat it before it goes bad, bring lots of extra change of cloths, (and a pillow) because your going to be sleeping allot in the car, don’t forget to pack several rescue carriers, several nets, a couple of brooms, your fall arrest harness, banding kit, safety boots and hard hat, plenty of gas money and credit cards and Oh yes, don’t make any other plans for about eight weeks, as your going to quite busy working, sleeping, eating in the field and on the road in your car as you will be making new feathered friends along the way! :-) lol

Well OK, your new feathered friends won’t actually consider you to be their friends, so don’t forget to bring lots of alcohol pads and a box of band-aids, as your going to need them!

Shortly after making arrangements with Mark Heaton from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, (who by the way had to rush off immediately after the Ontario Power Generation Pickering banding yesterday to travel to North Bay Ontario to attend a bear training course), to get his OK to petition Anne Yagi from the Vineland office of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for her support to band the two rescued Rogers Centre fledglings.

After tracking Anne on her day off and at the golf course, she agreed to finish up earlier than planned and we arranged to meet her at her district office in Vineland Ontario so she could band the two young peregrines. It was moments after the serious of phone calls with both Anne and Mark that the phone rang again with a very familiar name and number, (from non-other than Dave, the Director of Engineering at the Toronto Rogers Centre).

Thinking the worst (that maybe his little rescued little peregrine may have developed some unforeseen medical challenges), I braced myself for the worst as I answered the phone.
Actually not really bad news, as Dave explains that the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel had called to say the they had one of the adult peregrine falcons trapped in the mechanical room of the hotel and needed assistance to have it trapped and removed. He knew that it was not likely an adult, and figured that if it was a peregrine eat all, it would likely be one of the fledglings. As some may recall, Marion and I were called down to the same hotel last year, and successfully rescued one of the Rogers Centre fledglings from the same area of the hotel!

Fortunately, Dave was able to go over to the hotel and confirm his suspicions that it was in fact one of the young fledglings and not an adult.

So Marion and I were back off on a road trip to the Rogers Centre and the Toronto Renaissance Hotel to hook up with Dave and the hotel staff. Stopping quickly at the CPF storage locker to pick up yet another rescue carrier, several towels, brooms and nets, it was a race to get downtown before the traffic chocked the highways with the start of the evening rush hours traffic.

When we arrived at the hotel, Dave met us with the CPF rescue carrier containing the young juvenile fledgling that he has rescued earlier. We stowed the bird safely in the car along side its sibling that had been rescued from the Baton Rouge restaurant and we proceeded to the upper hotel mechanical room to investigate. Armed with two nets, two brooms and a flash light and another rescue carrier, we were directed to an enclosed area where the young peregrine fledgling was last observed roosting on a pipe close to the ceiling.

Yes, this area was very familiar indeed, the same place that Marion and I had in fact attended last year and rescued a young peregrine fledgling that was produced at the Rogers centre. Utilizing a tall latter, broom and two nets, Marion and I were successful in catching the young fledgling and quickly had it in safely in the rescue carrier without further incident.

Back to the car, now with all three Rogers fledglings in rescue carriers, we headed out to meet with Anne Yagi from the Ministry of Natural resources at her Vineland office. I guess we missed the opportunity to dodge the evening rush hour traffic, as the it took almost three hours to get from the Rogers centre to the MNR Vineland office!!

Meeting with Anne at the OMNR Vineland office , we were able to band the three fledgling juveniles in record time and headed back to Toronto.
So, their particulars are: 2 females and 1 male
1st- Female - 865 grams, banded K over 40, named “Striker” with Red Marker Tape
2nd- Female - 855 grams, banded K over 41, named Chopper with Yellow Marker Tape
3rd- Male - 682 grams, banded X over 02, named Pop-fly with Blue Marker Tape

A huge thank you to Mark Heaton, Anne Yagi, Dave McCormick and the Rogers centre staff, the hotel staff and Marion from the CPF for all of their efforts again in assisting and supporting both the CPF and their peregrines!
What a great team of fabulous caring people!!

All three fledglings will be will be released back to the Rogers Centre and their parents tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more tomorrows release details……..


!!! Toronto Rogers Centre rescues, two downed fledglings with both sucessfully rescued,, soon to be released back to their parents!

June 15, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

June 15th - 2015
While it might appear to many to have been a more than crazzzy 18 hour day today for most, believe it or not, it was actually just a typical day for us at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation. We simply just refer to it as being peregrine season.

The day started out with two scheduled banding events, one in Oshawa at the Oshawa Lake Ridge hospital at 9:30am this morning, and the second banding event out in Pickering, at the Ontario Power Generation Nuclear facility at 1pm.

Between the two banding events, we received a call from the Director of Engineering to request support and assistance, as one of the their four young fledglings had come down to the ground and was on the street level outside gate 5 and in front of one of the retail entrances obviously in need of help.

In typical peregrine form, the young fledglings often don’t do well with their maiden flights, being too heavy - (laden with baby fat), uncoordinated, unskilled, and lacking the confidence they need to fly, they end up on the ground confused as to why they simply can’t fly like their parents. It looks so easy!

You’ve got to think of them as an infant child learning to walk for their first time, where their trials and errors have them standing and falling many times before they get it all coordinated and eventually learn to actually stand upright and eventually walk.

Its not much different for many of the young peregrines, in that they too take a little longer to coordinate all of the body parts, their two wings and their tail,, loose some of the heavy baby fat that weights them down, and a hole lot of practice to be able to actually hold their altitude and stay aloft.
Landings are another story altogether!! It is one of the most difficult things for a young peregrine to learn to do, land as opposed to crash and land that many end up doing in their first dozen or more attempts!

Mastering sustained flight is a real learning experience for most large falcon young!

In any case, a quick rescue lesion 101 with Dave over the phone, and with a towel and the CPF rescue carrier on hand, Dave McCormick jumped into action and was successful in his efforts to rescue the young fledgling!! Great going Dave!!!

Given our situation, with still one banding still yet to do, and with the time lines and staff support at the Rogers centre to be able to get up to the roof to do a release, it was decided to hold the young fledgling over until the morning when the young bird could be properly examined for any traumas that it might have sustained as a result of a hard concrete grounding, and be safely and be released back to the upper roof elevation back to its parents.

By 8pm, with the two banding completed, we were finally able to get back at the CPF office, trying to weigh through all of the photos and observation notes and reports in an effort to get them posted, and then get back out to the field to the Don Mills Amexon nest site to meet with Cathy and Irma by 9pm to release their rescued fledgling that they recovered from the parking lot the night before.

Once again, our plans were somewhat foiled as the phone was ringing again with yet another downed fledgling from the Rogers nest site in downtown Toronto.

A huge thank you to the staff at the Baton Rouge restaurant, and two out of town patrons who were dining at the Baton Rouge restaurant on Front street in downtown Toronto, just a block over from the Rogers centre.

As the story is told by all, one of the young fledglings apparently dropped in for diner (obviously without a reservation) and ended up coming down into the outdoor patio area of the restaurant in the middle of all of the restaurant patrons. With the quick action of the restaurant manager and staff, they were successful in scooping up the young peregrine and getting it into a cardboard box.

At this time, two of the out of town restaurant patrons, Brianna and Katie Johns quickly jumped into action to their smart phones and Googled peregrines Toronto and found the Canadian Peregrine Foundation web site and contact telephone numbers.

After talking to the both Brianna and Katie, (and having received their video clip and e-mailed photos), it was easy to identify their un-invited, party crasher peregrine diner guest and I was back into the car on route to the Baton Rouge restaurant to pick up the bird.

With this young fledgling now secure in a rescue carrier, and having been able to examine the fledgling, it was obvious that there were no injuries and the bird was deemed releasable. On the road again to join Cathy and Irma at the Don Mills nest site, see security to arrange roof top access, and with Cathy and Irma’s help, their little downed fledgling “Lilly” from the Don Mills site was back to the roof and to her awaiting parents.

A very successful text-book towel type of release under the cover of darkness!!

So back to the rescued Rogers Centre fledgling, who will be released back to its parents tomorrow - (along with its sibling in waiting in Dave’s office that he had rescued earlier this day).

Stay tuned for updated information and photos to follow…..


!!! Toronto Rogers centre has FOUR hatchlings!!! Three of the hatchlings are ready to go!!

June 09, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

June 9th - 2015
A huge thank you to Linda who has trying to keep a eye on the Toronto Rogers centre peregrines. As you know, they been very difficult to get a handle on, now back to the south east ledge where they nested three years ago.

With a very deep drainage trough that runs down the centre middle length of the nest ledge it has been impossible to see what the adults have been hiding. While we know that they have been incubating an undisclosed amount of eggs, by virtue of seeing both adults, but only one at a time (and with shift changes going on at the nest ledge), it was only a matter of time before something else materialized.

Well, a week ago, Linda was down watching just at the right time, when three advanced age hatchlings were finally old enough (and actually capable to get out of the drainage trough up to the ledge where we they can actually be seen from the ground) and finally came in view!

While we were well aware of a hatch after seeing food going into the nest ledge by both parents on different occasions, we had no way of getting to view down onto the nest ledge and then down into the drainage trough to be able to see anything.

So now the best news,,, in that Linda’s visit today yielded the sight of FOUR hatchlings!! Sadly, although, three of them are ready to take flight with virtually no down, while the smallest hatchling still has about 30% down.

Oh my goodness, four ready to go ……………..

Rogers Centre

June 07, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Spent some time in the cheap seats for today’s game, on a bench outside the stadium.

35,000 minus one, in attendance for today’s game against Houston. Jays WIN.

All three juveniles doing well. Adults flying food past the nest with little reaction from the young.

Two feedings during my visit with the last one at 2pm. All three were fed at this time. Not a lot of pre fledge flapping today. Lots of vocalization from one of the girls when food arrives to the nest area. Gulls can be very aggressive at this site, chasing the adults when food was being delivered.

A quiet day for the most part.

!!! Toronto Rogers Centre Update - 3 hatchlings observed!! Heads-Up,, Look out, they’re almost ready to take their first flights!!!

June 06, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

Saturday June 6th - 2015
A big thank you to Linda Woods who was able to get down to the Toronto Rogers Center again this afternoon and was able to positively confirm that three hatchlings have in fact been produced at the Toronto Rogers Centre this season!

As we had suspected as a result of seeing only one adult at any given time over the past month, (and seeing both the adult male and adult female on sight), along with shift changes having been observed taking place from the original ledge that the resident peregrines nested on two years ago (south east ledge), we knew that they were involved in full time incubation activities, BUT we can now confirm that the pair have in fact been successful again this year having produced at least three young!

Based on Linda’s observations, she seeing two larger juveniles and one smaller, (believed to be two females and one male).

Now the not so good news,,, in that they are well advanced in their age, with the two larger juveniles almost fully feathered with only a very little white down. The third much smaller (and younger) juvenile still has 10% down and is likely three to five days away from fledging.

The other two juveniles are only days away from taking their first flights!!! Yikes!!!

Sadly, we didn’t get the new wireless camera in time this year to be able to get it down to the Rogers Center to do a ledge survey, but baring in mind, each of the ledges have a very deep drainage trough that runs down the center of the entire length of the ledge, and there would have been no way that we could have gotten the camera back into the depth of the ledge to see anything down into the trough itself.

It as quite apparent after spending some time with the roofers last year on their swing stage on the west side while installing the new nest tray for the resident adults that only an advanced much older hatchling could actually make it out of the drainage trough up to the ledge where they could actually be seen.

While the new wireless camera has proved to be a very useful and valuable asset for us to do high altitude ledge surveys, remember that its still only attached to a very flexible cable that must be lowered down to the ledge from the upper roof areas, and once there, it can only rest (if we’re lucky) on the outer lip of the ledge. Because the cable is flush to the outer structure wall, we have no way of getting the camera further into the ledge, (let alone of angling it to look “down” into something like this drainage trough), and as such it has its limitations if there is a lower elevation back within the ledge itself.

In any case, it appears that we will have birds fledging from the Rogers Centre within the next 2 to 5 days!!!

The photos attached were taken of the same ledge on the west side. You can see the deep drainage trough that runs along the inside length of the ledge. All of the ledges on both the west and east side are carbon copies of one another.

Looking for any and all support at this site to help out with a fledge watch! As usual, we’re typically over stressed for manpower and resources at this time of year to cover all of the on-going fledge watches, and this one has just come at us from left field - (no pun intended).

    Help us help your peregrines!

!!! Rogers centre roof waterproofing has been completed! The new nest tray has been installed! Both resident adult peregrine still very much on site!

December 30, 2014 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

December 30th - 2014

Just a quickly update on the roofing activity at the Rogers Centre. After four plus months of waterproofing work, the work had finally been completed and the new CPF nest tray has finally been successfully installed. Looking really good in fact! A short visit for me this morning that lasted only a couple of hours on site, I can honestly say that the install went without a catch and its looking really good! Both resident adults have been active and very much around watching the roof crew finish up the work on their nest ledge.

The green barrier mesh that was installed over top of the nest ledge worked fantastic in protecting the workmen while they were working on this elevation over the past month. While it keep the peregrines out of the nest ledge and protected the workmen, the resident peregrines were never the less observed on many of the other west elevations “supervising” the roofers activities throughout the entire four month roofing project.

The new marine poly-composite materials that we are now utilizing to build all of the new nest trays and nest boxes has really made things much easier for us in the terms of longevity and maintenance free in comparison to the older pressure treated building materials that we once used to manufacture these same nest trays and nest boxes. Admittedly, the new marine poly-composite materials are much heavier and far more expensive in comparison to the same sized wood products, they come pre-coloured, UV and water resistant, and have 25 plus year guarantees that are virtually maintenance free!! No more rotting, re-staining, or fading!! While these new materials are somewhat difficult to fasten together as they must be predrilled and you have to use special fasteners, once completed, they are incredibly solid and long lasting!

The elevated nest tray should also keep the peregrines nesting activities off the new waterproofing membrane and out off the water soaked rain gutter, ensuring a dry, safe nesting place, and will protect the new roof membrane from being scrapped and damaged by the adult peregrines.

The new Rogers nest tray is a typical example of the new style nest trays that the CPF is now building and installing, in addition to replacing most all of the original nest trays and nest boxes as money becomes available to us to replace the aging old nest boxes and nest trays at many of the other existing nest sites. Some of our first nest boxes and nest trays have been in use since we installed them back in 1997!!

Many of these original nest trays and nest boxes are in desperate need of being replaced, as they have succumb to wood rot, as they have become waterlogged and fading bad.

In any case, we are very eager to see how quickly the resident peregrine pair will take onto the new nest tray.
Stay tuned……….