People passionate about nature

The Peregrine Chronicles


Tracy Maconachie, Project Coordinator, Manitoba Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project


Monday, February 28, 2022

Start Time: 

7:30 pm


Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, 340 Provencher Blvd - Pauline-Boutal Theatre


$5 for members (non-member rate $10)

This event will go ahead in-person as planned.

The Manitoba Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project began in 1981 with the release of four captive-bred peregrine falcon chicks in Winnipeg.  The goal was, and still is, to establish and support a self-sustaining wild population of peregrines in the province.  Over 300 young peregrines falcons have hatched, fledged and migrated from the province over the Project’s 40-year history.  Some of those young birds survived to return and nest and now their offspring can be found nesting across the Canadian Prairies and the US Midwest.  This presentation will explore the history of the Project’s recovery efforts and the lessons the peregrines continue to teach us about living and working with peregrines.

About Tracy Maconachie: Tracy joined Manitoba’s Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project in 1991 as a volunteer when the Project needed help to release 30 captive-bred peregrine chicks from locations in Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Gimli.  As a hack-site attendant her job was to monitor, feed and clean up after the fledglings – basically act as a babysitter to a bunch of adolescent raptors with no table manners. It was the beginning of a 30-year commitment to the peregrines in Manitoba and she still looks forward to the peregrines’ return each spring.

Tracy’s holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Winnipeg and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resources Institute. In addition to working with the peregrines, she has also been involved with the province’s Piping Plover Recovery Program over the years.

What you need to know if you plan to attend a Discovery Evening:

• Bring your proof of vaccination (QR code card or app). It’s required.

• Don’t come if you don’t feel well or have been told to isolate.

• You must wear your mask at all times inside the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre.

• Please have your QR code and entry fee ready in advance. $5 members, $10 non-members.

• Come to the large room called Pauline-Boutal for lots of social distancing space.

Please note: the events begin at 7:30pm, but doors open at 7pm. We recommend arriving early due to the added time required to check QR codes.