For almost two decades, peregrine falcons have made their homes in a nest high atop the 26-story AEP Building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can watch nesting families of this raptor species via webcam, thanks to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Soarin’ Hawk Avian Rescue, and Indiana Michigan Power.

The nesting season is here, and Jamie and Moxie are busy raising their 2014 brood. This year's chicks are named Abbett, Magic, and Cheetah. For falcon followers, their leg band markings are:

  • Abbett - black over red, *R/*K
  • Magic - black over red, *K/*M
  • Cheetah - black over red, *R/*P

The asterisks mean that the letters are on their sides. These unique band markings allow biologists and falcon fans to track these birds wherever they may go.

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About Peregrine Falcons

Peregrine falcons hunt by soaring from tall cliffs at high speeds and killing prey in mid-air – mostly medium-sized birds. They often nest in tall city buildings like the AEP Building, which offers a cliff-like vantage point, few natural predators, and access to water and food such as pigeons and starlings.

In North America, peregrine falcons were on the Endangered Species List due to exposure to pesticides such as DDT. Today they are upgraded to the Threatened List.

About the FalconCam

In the early 1990s, IDNR biologists built the nest box on top of the AEP Building and installed the webcam. Several families have occupied the nest since then. The IDNR and volunteers from Soarin’ Hawk Avian Rescue and the Indiana Audubon Society monitor the birds and provide medical care, nest cleanup, and tracking.

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