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The UB Falcon Cam Returns!

A University at Buffalo Web camera  is once again capturing  life in a peregrine falcon nest on the UB South Campus After female falcon BB was removed from the nest last year for being too agressive with people, male Yankee has found a new mate, and Dixie can be seen with him for another season of growth, feeding and eventual flight.

Above: Inside the nesting box atop the MacKay Heating Plant, off Winspear Ave. on UB's South Campus

Below: Camera 2- a view of the perch poles extending outside the nesting box, not always operative
(Looking toward Bailey Ave., See water tower center left, Winspear Ave. at right)


Having Trouble Viewing the FalconCam? On a PC: use Internet Explorer. To view this video stream in Firefox, you must install the plugin for Windows Media Player 11.  On a Mac: use Safari, and install the Flip4Mac WMV plugin for QuickTime.

Peregrine Falcon Basics
from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation:

Peregrine falcons are listed as an endangered species in New York State. They were eliminated as a nesting species in the state by the early 1960's, due mainly to pesticide (DDE) residues in their bird prey. The release of young captive bred birds from 1974-1988 helped lead to their return as a nesting species. 

By 2003 there were close to 50 pairs present statewide. Peregrines currently nest on buildings or bridges in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton and Buffalo .

Falcons do not build stick nests like most hawks and the eggs can roll off bridge girders or get broken on window ledges. Wooden nest boxes filled with gravel are placed at many of the sites to increase productivity. 

Due to all these human impacts, peregrine falcons will have to be protected for many years to come if we are to continue to enjoy their presence in New York.

Other Falcon Info:
Courtesy NYS Dept. Environmental Conservation

Watchable Wildlife: Peregrine Falcon - Fascinating facts and information on the appearance, habitat preference and best places to see Peregrine falcons in the wild.

Peregrine Falcon Fact Sheet - New York State's Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species Fact Sheets - Peregrine Falcon

Why Band Young Peregrine Falcons - Why do we band young Peregrine Falcons?
 More on the UB Falcon Cam
Hear the 2014 update from Connie Adams at the NYS Dept. Of Environmental Conservation 

This year,  Dixie laid at leat four eggs in the box, atop UB's MacKay Heating plant on the UB South campus  

While falcons nest under most any bridge or suitable structure, they don't often do so outside buildings in ways that lend themselves to a web cam. For years, WNY Birdwatchers had an Audubon Society camera installed in the Statler Tower's falcon nest but it went dark when that historic building was mothballed in 2010.

Staff members from UB Facilities, with assistance from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Buffalo Audubon Society, installed the Web cam in the UB nest in 2010.

Yankee and Dixie are one of 62 pair of nesting peregrine falcons statewide, according to Connie Adams at the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. It's the first year Dixie took over the roost, from BB, Yankee's partner for the past three years.

"BB is unique in her aggressive ability to fend of predators and preserve this particular box as her home- last year even going so far as to scare off nearby dogs on the campus.  

While biologists say chicks are unlikely to return once they leave their nest, their parents frequently return to the same nest to raise another brood. 

Three eggs hatched last spring; four  were hatched a year earlier.

The chicks were being banded so they can be identified, and their travels can be tracked, after the leave the nest on UB's Mackay Heating Plant.  Throughout the United States we have 8,000 peregrines, and that's no where near enough to de-list them," as an endangered species, Adams says.


And Yes, Falcons really can fly at speeds of OVER 200 Miles an hour.

Check out this video from the National Geographic Channel
via You Tube.

From the archives:
Hear more about the falcons' speed, behavior and protective nature.. with NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Connie Adams on the WBEN Liveline

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