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This falcon camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. The program is largely supported by donations from people like you.
Thank you for watching the 2014 falcon cam. This year, Jill and her new mate, raised four chicks that were hatched in early May. All four eggs hatched in June. The Bremer building employees participated in the banding of the four chicks. In early July, the chicks successfully fledged. In a few days, one of the chicks was brought to the raptor center after being found on the ground. This is pretty typical for young peregrines. They often wind up in trouble after their initial flight. They are unsteady, tentative and unfamiliar flyers. They will often land on the ground, near busy downtown streets and people. When that happens and they wind up at the "hospital", The Raptor Center.
Tune in next year to watch these fascinating, beautiful birds in their "natural" habitat.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Nongame Wildlife Program is broadcasting a Web streaming video of peregrine falcons nesting on the top of the Bremer Bank Building in downtown St. Paul. With the help of the Town Square merchants as well as the Midwest Peregrine Society, The Nongame Program is able to provide this unique opportunity to watch peregrines raise their young in an urban setting.
In 1987, a nesting box was placed on the east side of the building and was first used by a pair of falcons in 1988. Several pairs of falcons have chosen this site as their home, producing 65 chicks through 2012. Last year was the 9th year that the pair "Jill" and "Sota" had occupied the box. Sota hatched in 1994 and had been nesting since 1998. Despite missing two toes on each foot (probably due to frostbite), and being 17 years old, Sota had been able to provide enough food for himself, all of his offspring and his mate during incubation and early brooding of chicks. Unfortunately, Sota has not been seen this season. Jill has returned and has a new mate and they have begun laying eggs. After about a 35-day incubation period, the chicks should hatch close to Memorial Day weekend.