The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: American Peregrine Falcon
The conservation of the American peregrine falcon was due to a variety of factors, the most important of which the Endangered Species Act can claim no credit. Other factors had little, if anything, to do with the Act. As Tom Cade and Bill Burnham have noted, the Act and the Fish and Wildlife Service were constant impediments to peregrine conservation. In at least two instances—excessive red tape for obtaining permits and Operation Falcon—the ESA was detrimental to the peregrine.