Town of New Paltz, NY (September 29, 2020)— The Open Space Institute, in coordination with research scientist and Cub Scout Representative, Christopher Nadareski, released four rehabilitated peregrine falcons on OSI’s River-to-Ridge Trail. The late summer release occurred before a local cub scout group and other trail users who were not only able to witness the spectacle, but also learned more about the bird species. Peregrine Falcons are known as the fastest bird for the ability to reach speeds over 200 mph while diving for prey.
The River-to-Ridge Trail was identified as an ideal location for the release by the local bird rehabilitator because of the trail’s proximity to the Shawangunk Ridge and its expansive site lines that allow greater monitoring as the birds take flight and re-enter the wild. Peregrine falcons prefer to nest at high altitudes and along cliff faces, like those found at the nearby ridge.
“Not only is the is the River-to-Ridge Trail popular with people, it turns out we have a great launching site for rehabilitated birds,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “We are glad to work with the community to host educational events, such as this falcon release and tree planting to improve water quality of Wallkill River. This trail underscores how protected land serves many functions, including recreation and wildlife habitat while also supporting clean water and healthy communities.”