For almost two decades, peregrine falcons have made their homes in a nest high atop the 26-story Indiana Michigan Power Center 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.
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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 Indiana Michigan Power Center 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 Indiana Michigan Power Center 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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