Seeing photos of this type, of the Boise juvenile tiercel, reminds me of the previous 3000 plus hours that I have put into watching and observing the fledgling Peregrine Falcons both in the city environment and in the natural environment – the mountains and forests of Idaho. A total of four releases now and all inclusively on the ground – in the trenches, so to speak; on the streets; in the forests; enduring the heat; seeking shelter in the rain; finding heat in the snow. Several published journals attest to these releases: For the World Center of Birds of Prey: The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho, Yellow: The Journal of a Peregrine Falcon Release, Robert Young, 1987 and Silver Wings and Golden Skies, Robert Young, 1988, and for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Boise State University, An Urban Peregrine Falcon Release Program, Robert Young, 1989. The notes I have from this years’ urban release may sometime make it into proper prose. But then again, there’s always next year.
Joseph Campbell in Primitive Mythology: The Masks of God stated that the “… primary datum … of the science of myth … is concerned precisely with the phenomenon of self-induced belief”, (Campbell, 1987). It is not rationally important that those words are concerned with ones self-imposed perceptions of some innate genetic process, but rather it is important that the basic process of awareness of some property of life is a “self-imposed belief”. Some learned this year in the Boise release that a self-imposed belief system did make for muddled explanations, inaccurate assumptions of rationale for purpose of group direction and the alienation of group dynamics. To those I say: The myth is accomplished.
Two of three juveniles survived to independence. Independence, not necessarily dispersal. Dispersal will come later. Migration may happen later, but if there is sufficient resource here in the Treasure Valley and surrounding valleys in the mountains, we may see the falcons early in the spring or late winter. But whatever happens, we will probably be back on the streets, in the trenches, on the roofs and on the verandas searching for the new Falcon Family in the spring of 2010. Like it or not, you can take that to the bank! Count on it. Watch for it. Don’t squelch your awareness – it’s not becoming of you. Cheers!