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"Notes from the Field" provides frequent updates and pictures from our biologists and students who are working in the field or at our headquarters, the World Center for Birds of Prey.

Brian Mutch

I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana where I graduated from the University of Montana in 1994. I was first employed by The Peregrine Fund in 1988 and began permanent employment in 1994. I have worked on many projects with The Peregrine Fund to include the Peregrine Falcon, Harpy Eagle, Aplomado Falcon and California Condor recovery projects. I assisted with all phases of our work in Greenland during eight field seasons. Currently I live in Sheridan, WY with my wife Ruth and enjoy fly-fishing around the world, falconry and hunting of all kinds.

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Aplomado Falcon Updates - March 2010

Brian Mutch — in Aplomado Falcon Restoration

During the second week of March, Angel Montoya, Paul Juergens and I once again completed our annual survey in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas, looking for nesting Aplomado Falcons. Unfortunately by the end of the second day, and having collectively driven more than 1,200 miles in much of the best habitat we could look at, only one adult pair was located. This pair was observed at a yucca on the Baeza Ranch complete with a very nice Chihuahuan Raven nest.

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Spring 2007 West Texas Aplomado Falcon Survey

Brian Mutch — in Aplomado Falcon Restoration

Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon
During The Peregrine Fund’s fall planning meetings in Boise, Idaho, we decided to organize our first intensive survey for breeding Aplomado Falcons in west Texas. Having just completed our fourth season of releasing young Aplomados to this arid desert grassland, a northern extension of the Chihuahuan Desert, we all felt there was a good chance of discovering a breeding pair. So, on 10 March 2007, four Peregrine Fund biologists, Angel Montoya, Paul Juergens, Christina Kleberg, and I, met in Marfa, Texas, where we were joined by Peregrine Fund Founding Chairman and Director, Dr. Tom Cade. In our favor, a surprising weather report for the area called for little wind (March is a very windy month in west Texas), highs in the 70s, cool nights, and the chance for a cold front with a little precipitation—all in all, perfect conditions for surveying, and conditions we felt might make this small falcon a little more conspicuous in all this huge country.

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