Minnesota DNR announces new live peregrine falcon webcam

A live webcam has been placed in a peregrine falcon box that is
located in the Bremer Bank building in downtown St. Paul, according
to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR).

The falcons can be viewed by clicking here.

“We are very excited to provide this webcam, which allows the
public a close-up view into the lives of these incredible birds,”
said Carrol Henderson, supervisor of the Nongame Wildlife Program
in charge of the project.

With cooperation from the Midwest Peregrine Society, the
business tenants in Town Square, and Sentinel Properties, staff set
up the camera to monitor the nest of a pair of peregrine falcons
and their three young chicks. The chicks hatched May 13-14 and will
stay in the box, dependent on their parents, until late June or
early July.

The box is about 4 feet by 4 feet and is located 26 stories up.
Peregrines do not “build” a nest, so pebbles were placed in the box
to create a natural habitat.

The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world, stooping
(chasing prey) at speeds in excess of 200 miles-per-hour. They are
a little larger than a crow, weighing about 1-2 pounds. The females
are one-third larger than the males. They are mostly a slate blue
color as adults, with a distinctive “hooded” appearance and a
stripe that comes down from the cap. Young peregrines are brown in
color with many stripes or barring on the chest.

DDT and related chemicals had a devastating effect on peregrine
falcons and many other species in the 1950s and 60s. DDT and its
residues, accumulated through food chains, impaired reproduction of
many birds by causing the bird’s eggs to become so thin that they
were crushed under the weight of the mother incubating them.
Chemicals extirpated some populations and raised the threat of the
species extinction.

Use of DDT was effectively banned in the United States in 1972
making it possible for peregrine recovery work to begin. In 1984
the peregrine falcon was placed on the endangered species list.
“This is truly a story of success because today, we have more than
60 unique territories in Minnesota and 39 pairs successfully raised
119 chicks,” Henderson said.

More information about peregrine falcons in Minnesota is
available by clicking here.

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