Nearly each summer since 1981 fieldwork has been caried out to investigate the peregrine falcons in South Greenland.
The study has focused on population density, territory occupancy, production of young, prey selection, nest-site selection,
monitoring of pesticide contamination, and reduction in eggshell thickness. Since 1985 breding peregrines
(mainly females) have been banded to collect data on turn-over in the breeding population.
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has provided funding for chemical analysis of 36 out of more
than 50 unhatched peregrine eggs colected in South Greenland. The Danish National Environmental Research
Institute (NERI) has analyzed the eggs for their content of brominated flame retardants, halogenated pesticides (like DDT) and PCB's.
Recently (spring 2014) The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has provided funding for new chemical analysis of the unhatched peregrine falcon eggs.
Aarhus University, Department of Environmental Science (formerly NERI) will be in charge of this work.
In 2012 - 2016 a number of Peregrines will have dataloggers attached. See Fieldwork.
In 2016 and 2017 Linnéa Carlzon and Amanda Karlsson participated in the fieldwork. Both are students from Högskolan i Halmstad, Sweeden.
Photo: Ole G. Jensen.