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.
2013 was a great year for the Fort Wayne falcon nest, and we're looking forward to another great year in 2014. Falcons are less likely to visit the nest until the spring, but keep looking; they still stop by every now and then. And visits to the nest usually become more frequent as nesting season gets closer.
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This Year’s Family Fort Wayne's Falcons
Moxie and Jamie hatched their first set of four chicks in 2013. The pair first got together in 2012, but the IDNR tells us that Moxie was too young to lay eggs that year. We're looking forward to another great year in 2014.
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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