This peregrine falcon, photographed last spring, is flying past the camera used to provide the streaming video of the falcon nest being tended this spring at Commerce Tower in Kansas City.
Photographer: Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thanks to technology, you can now watch Missouri’s oldest and most successful nest site for peregrine falcon restoration.
The Commerce Tower Falcon web camera gives you a glimpse of the nest that overlooks downtown Kansas City.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) said at least three falcon eggs hatched on May 23. They said the tower is a great location for a falcon nest because it provides appropriate protection from sun and wind.
WATCH | Commerce Tower falcon web camera - http://tinyurl.com/cqyctgf
Since 1991, there has been an effort to restore the peregrine falcon population in the area. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) regularly releases the endangered birds from the Commerce Tower, 911 Main St., and many of them return.
“This is the third year for this female on this nest,” said Joe DeBold, an urban wildlife biologist for the MDC. “To our knowledge she is a wild bird. Most likely, the male attracted her and brought her to this nest.”
The eggs are expected to hatch in mid-May, and could be flying by early summer.
There are four other peregrine falcon nests across the metro that are monitored by the MDC. Three are on smokestacks at the Kansas City Power & Light Co., and the fourth is on the Country Club Plaza.
MDC says the Commerce Tower site has likely seen the most success due to the abundance of food from pigeons near buildings and waterfowl on the Missouri River.
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