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Watch peregrine falcon chicks hatch

Get a live view of two peregrine falcon nests with eggs getting ready to hatch. The Missouri Department of Conservation is live streaming nests that were set up to help this endangered bird.

The falcons that are viewable online began tending eggs in recent days at the American Century Investments building and at the Iatan Power Plant, said Joe DeBold, MDC urban wildlife biologist. Biologists are also monitoring other falcon nests without cameras.

“Right now, we have four pairs in Kansas City that have started laying eggs,” DeBold said.

Peregrine pairs are also active at nests at the Kansas City Power & Light Co.’s Sibley Power Plant and Hawthorne Power Plant. Like the falcons at the company’s Iatan plant near Weston, MO, the pairs are using nest boxes placed high on smokestacks.

DeBold is also monitoring a nest high on a ledge at Commerce Tower in downtown Kansas City. In north central Missouri, falcons are nesting at a generating plant smokestack at Thomas Hill Reservoir.

Placing the nest boxes high on smokestacks and skyscrapers gives the falcons a place to raise young that mimics the high bluffs and cliffs where they originally nested. Peregrine falcons are endangered in Missouri. Their numbers across the United States plummeted after the 1940s when widespread use of the pesticide DDT entered the food chain and hindered reproduction. Falcons began rebounding in numbers after DDT was banned. MDC began reintroducing them in Kansas City in 1991 at Commerce Tower. Downtown residents and workers enjoy watching them, and the falcons provide a service by feeding on birds such as pigeons and starlings.

The falcon cams offer people a chance to watch the falcons tend eggs. If viewed at the right time, they may see the chicks hatch and later parents feeding the young. The chicks will fledge or fly away from the nest this summer.

To watch the falcon nests, visit American Century Investments and Iatan Power Plant.

For more information about peregrine falcons in Missouri, visit MDC.

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