Gulf Peregrine Falcon Nest Cam

 

 

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Intersections between human and wildlife interests are becoming increasingly common in urban areas.  The responsible authorities for protecting our wildlife, in this case, are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  These agencies act in accordance with those responsibilities, balancing wildlife protection against the legal application for a special exception.  We also acknowledge the very real disappointment and serious concern that this decision has created for many members of the public, who also care deeply about the birds and their welfare.  

The National Aviary provided feedback and suggestions to the Pennsylvania Game Commission with whom this decision ultimately rests. We based our feedback on what we felt were in the best interest of the peregrines based on what we know of the behavior of the species from our experience and research.

We trust that the Game Commission and their federal counterparts, who know all of the particulars in this case, did not taken their decision lightly, and that their decision does, in fact, take into account the interests of the falcon chicks.  

 

Nesting 

Unfortunately, this pair of Peregrines has elected to nest elsewhere downtown this year, where we cannot follow their progress on a web cam.  They have a history of bouncing back and forth among a few different nesting sites, so we are leaving the camera where it is for now, in the hope that they will elect to nest on the Gulf Building again next year.  If they don't, then we might investigate the possibility of moving the camera to another location.  But, in the meantime you can watch the pair nesting on the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.  

History

Downtown Pittsburgh has hosted a pair of peregrine falcons since 1991.  Their main nest site is the Gulf Tower but they have nested at two other sites in the past decade.  Every year we watch in March to see if they will choose the on-camera site here at the Gulf Tower.

As of this writing the pair is Dori and Louie.  However, Louie is quite old for a male peregrine -- 16 years old -- so it is likely he will be challenged and may be replaced this Spring.

Last year Dori and Louie nested here at the Gulf Tower. 2017 highlights include:

    First egg on 8 March 2017.  
    Dori ultimately laid five eggs.
    First pip and first hatch on 19 April. The fourth egg failed to hatch.
    Three healthy female chicks were banded on 16 May 2017.
    The chicks started to ledge-walk in late May and fledged on Memorial Day weekend.
    On June 1, a fledgling landed on the sidewalk and was returned to the nest to start over.

Outside the nesting season the adults roam throughout the Downtown area.

For recent news and views about Pittsburgh's peregrines, visit "Outside My Window," Kate St. John's Bird Blog.  

You can always join the conversation and share what you see on the National Aviary's Pittsburgh Peregrine Falcon Nest Cams using the hashtag #pghfalconcam and your observations will be shared! 

Many thanks to our partners:  Gulf Tower Management, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Robert Peirce and Associates, WildEarth, M&P Security Solutions, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission


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Peregrine Nest, Gulf Tower Pittsburgh