Prairie falcons rely on special nesting sites that are under threat. The Mojave Desert Land Trust has launched a new conservation program to help tackle the problem in the California desert.
The donor-funded Prairie Falcon Conservation Program will establish a database of active nesting sites (“eyries”) within the California Desert Conservation Area and evaluate and address threats impacting these majestic birds of prey.
Prairie falcons (Falco mexicanus) nest high up in rocky outcrops throughout the arid plains and desert wilderness of the western United States. They typically return to the same nesting sites year after year; however, human recreational activities in the California desert are encroaching upon their habitat and causing some historic nest sites used by generations of falcons to become abandoned.
In addition to our Prairie Falcon Conservation Program, the Mojave Desert Land Trust is in the process of establishing a Prairie Falcon Working Group in collaboration with local non-profits, wildlife experts, and state and federal agencies.