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New camera showcases urban peregrine falcon nest

Kansas Citians can now get a live look at the peregrine falcon nest atop the Commerce Tower downtown, and are encouraged to watch their behaviors as the season progresses. The eggs are expected to hatch sometime in mid-May, and the young birds could be ready to fly by mid-June. After that, the nest will be empty for the rest of the year, although the falcons will stick around until they migrate. The nest is part of a peregrine falcon restoration program that began when young birds were released in 1991 at Commerce Tower.

The peregrine falcon nesting box located atop the Commerce Tower is a partnership between Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and NAI Capital Realty. The Commerce Tower remains the exact location in which MDC originally began releasing peregrine falcons in 1991. A total of 24 falcon chicks were released during the summers of 1991 and 1992. Since then, the Commerce Tower has remained a preferred nesting location of the peregrine falcons.

To view the live Web feed, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/wildlife-cameras/kansas-city-falcon-web-camera.

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