Peregrine Falcon Webcam

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Update: On June 6, an employee from Transamerica informed us that one of the eyasses flew into an office window and was shaken up by the injury. Craig Koppie, the raptor biologist from the US Fish & Wildlife Service who bands the falcons, temporarily removed it. The eyas was taken to a rehab facility. On June 16 at around 4pm, Koppie successfully released the eyas back into the nest. Watch the video of the release here. The birds you now see on the rooftop are food for the eyas. Thank you to the Transamerica staff who alerted us!

 

Name the Chicks! Voting Is now open. These babies need names! Vote now for your favorites to name the osprey, falcon, and heron chicks. Voting ends July 6th.

 

Three eyasses (hatched on April 23, 24,  & 26, 2016) in the Falcon Nest

 There were four eggs, but sadly one eyass died shortly after hatching. The survival rate for peregrines is 50% the first few years. The cam is a unique way to watch these beautiful birds of prey in their home, but of course that is not always easy for humans to watch.  

Continue to watch the story unfold at the family's nesting site on the 33rd-floor of the Transamerica skyscraper. Peregrine falcons have been living on this ledge at 100 Light Street near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for over 35 years. See Barb's first egg here.  

The Falcon Cam received over one million views in its opening season! Among the highlights of 2015, a new Barb took over the nest shortly after launch. Boh and his new mate raised three eyases, Cade, Koppie, and Burnsie. Also in 2015, Koppie suffered from a cold and dehydration and was temporarily removed from the nest by his namesake, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Raptor Biologist, Craig Koppie. The young eyas was treated at a wildlife rehabilitation center and quickly released back into the nest.

We hope that you enjoyed learning more about the daily lives of these iconic birds, and look forward to a new season coming soon!

Special thanks to TransamericaSkyline Technology Solutions, Cogent CommunicationsShared Earth Foundation, the City of Baltimore, and 100 Light Street for making the peregrine falcon cam possible.                                                                                             Photo: A young falcon returns to the ledge

Found on every continent except Antarctica, peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) are one of the best known conservation success stories and are believed to be the fastest bird in the world, traveling up to 200 mph during hunts. These amazing birds have recovered from near eradication in eastern North America, now making many large cities and coastal areas their homes. 

After a drastic population decline from 1950-1970 due to pesticide poisoning, peregrine populations have rebounded due to a large-scale captive breeding and release program. Scarlett, the building's first falcon, was released by the Peregrine Fund at the Edgewood Arsenal area on the Chesapeake Bay in 1977 as part of this effort. Her first successful mating in 1984 with a wild peregrine, later named Beauregard, produced the first natural-born peregrines bred in an urban environment on the East Coast in three decades. Now, peregrine falcons are pervasive throughout the U.S., nesting on skyscrapers, water towers, cliffs, and more. Maryland’s restored peregrines have preferred man-made structures, like the 100 Light St skyscraper, to make their nest in the region. Structures like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Francis Scott Key Bridge, and Route 301 Potomac River Bridge have been known to have nesting peregrines as well. 

Photo credit: Craig Koppie, USFWS Chesapeake Bay

Because peregrines prey on other birds, they are particularly susceptible to changes in the health of the surrounding environment. There is potential for a tremendous amount of bioaccumulation of chemicals in their bodies, threatening the health and productivity of any future offspring. To make sure this charismatic bird continues to thrive, we are working to ensure that river corridors remain protected and that the Chesapeake Bay can support abundant fish and smaller bird populations. 

Learn more about the peregrine falcon with our frequently asked questions and fun facts here

 

Click on the links below to view historical records and learn more about the peregrine falcons at 100 Light Street:

Chronology of the Peregrines at 100 Light St

Fact Sheet for Baltimore's Peregrines

Peregrine Offspring Record, 1979-1991

Biographies of Peregrines at 100 Light St

Historical Images

Note: With the departure of USF&G from the building in the mid-1990s, records on the falcon family ended.

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Sources: 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds - Peregrine Falcon

National Audubon Society, Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Fund

 

To learn more about peregrine falcons and the Bay’s other amazing creatures use our National Wildlife Refuge App, or visit one of our regions many National and State parks and refuges to see them in the wild! 

If you enjoy our Peregrine Falcon Cam, please consider donating to the Chesapeake Conservancy to help maintain this feed and help us establish other web cams highlighting the daily lives of other Chesapeake species.