BOISE, Idaho ‒ A new video now available online details the process of artificially inseminating birds of prey, a technique that The Peregrine Fund has used successfully for 40 years to recover Peregrine Falcons and other rare and endangered raptors.
The 12-minute video is intended for bird breeders who want to be successful at producing eggs and chicks in captivity. Over four decades, The Peregrine Fund has employed artificial insemination to raise thousands of birds of prey that were then released to the wild.
“We get lots of questions about artificial insemination because it’s not an easy process by any means,” said J. Peter Jenny, president of The Peregrine Fund. “We refined the process through the years and, as a result, our expertise is known around the world.”
The video features biologist Cal Sandfort, who worked for The Peregrine Fund for 33 years before retiring in December 2013. He is assisted in the video by Heather Springsteed, who worked with Sandfort for six years in the propagation program for Aplomado Falcons.
Jenny said Sandfort was involved in nearly all of The Peregrine Fund’s captive breeding programs. The organization has successfully raised many raptor species, including Harpy Eagle, Gyrfalcon, Orange-breasted Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Mauritius Kestrel, and Teita Falcon.
The link to the video is on the Aplomado Falcon Restoration page on The Peregrine Fund website.
|Director of Global Engagement|