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Cinder & Smoke
03-21-2003, 04:54 PM
Tiz Peregrine Falcon Tyme again ~
Gather the Kitties round the monitor...
Burd-watchin iz *phunn*...

Online Falcon Cam to be Activated March 24
03/21/03 ~ HARRISBURG, Pa. --
The popular online video of Harrisburg's pair of peregrine falcons nesting atop the Rachel Carson State Office Building will be activated on Monday, allowing viewers worldwide live, 24 hour coverage of the birds. The falcon site has averaged more than 34 million hits a year.

"The falcons are once again showing signs of producing eggs and the live video on the Web will provide a window to the thousands of students and people all over the world who follow their pogress," says Jack Farster, director of environmental education at the Department of Environmental Protection. "We expect the female falcon could begin laying eggs as early as next week."

In addition to the video, the department again will provide Falcon Wire, a separate e-mail account for viewers to post questions and coments about the falcons. The department receives approximately 40 messages a day from around the world, Farster says.

Based on the falcons' previous behavior, officials expect the eggs to hatch sometime during the second week of May. After the young falcons gain strength, they fledge, or take their first lights, usually around the third week of June.

In March 2000, the pair produced its first clutch of eggs. In each of the past three years, the pair has produced four eggs. Last year, two males and one female survived. As part of a research project with the Canadian Peregrine Foundation, one of the female falcons and one of the male falcons were fitted with small satellite telemetry units to allow officials to track the movement of the birds. The young peregrines have remained at their respective locations for the past several months. The female is just off the Southern Delmarva Peninsula and the male is just west of New York City along the Hudson River.

In 2001, two females and one male survived, and in 2000, one female falcon survived.

While the peregrine falcon has been removed from the federal Endangered Species List, it remains on Pennsylvania's list of endangered species until additional recovery occurs.

In addition to the pair nesting in downtown Harrisburg, another pair of peregrines was discovered last May nesting on the reactor contaiment building #1 at Three Mile Island in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. The pair produced two young -- one female and one male. The male had to be rehabilitated after sustaining serious injuries on its first flight. The young female survived. From all indications, the pair will nest again this spring.

The Harrisburg Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project is a joint effort of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. In 1996, the state agencies placed a nesting tray on a ledge on the 15th floor of the Rachel Carson State Office Building to attract the falcons.

Peregrine Falcon WebCam site links...

Harrisburg Falcon Family (big site) (http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/falcon/)

Another site featuring the Harrisburg Falcon Family (http://www.greenworks.tv/falcon/index.asp)

Rochester, NY, Falconcam site >>>

Cleveland, Ohio Falcon Family (Tower City) (http://falconcam.apk.net/)

Ft Wayne, IN, Falcon Family (http://www.aep.com/environmental/stewardship/falconcam/birdcam.asp)

Indy (IN) Falcon Pair

Enuff for now...
If you find another FalconCam site - feel free to add it to this thread!

Note that many of these sites have full-screen, automatically refreshed pages which may be better to book-mark - explore the sites. And a few of the sites have an Avid Viewer group that watch for hours at a time - and often post bulletins on the site with their observations.

Enjoy! :D

03-21-2003, 07:02 PM
we had two of thoughs bird in pur yard swooping for the finches..

Cinder & Smoke
05-13-2008, 11:39 AM
Hmmmm ... didn't realize this subject was such a Total Bust ...
Here's another attempt >>>

Banding Day

Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists are banding the four eyases this morning, Tuesday May 13. Watch the images as the drawbridge is brought up to prevent the eyases from getting to close to the edge of the ledge. The eyases will be brought into the Greenbriar Suite and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service bands will be attached to their legs. The bands have unique identifying numbers and codes so that the individual falcons can be identified in the future. A blood sample will be drawn for genetic analysis. The youngsters will then be returned to the nest unharmed.

Buckeye and S/W will be attendance at the ledge trying to see what is going on with their young. Within a hour or so after the banding all will be returned to normal on the 12th floor of the Terminal Tower and the eyases will be able to be identified for the rest of their lives. It is through these bands that we know that Onyx, who fledged from the Terminal Tower in 2006, now has a mate and is nesting at the Tower east building in Shaker Heights.

Watch the images as they update through the morning to catch all the action.

Harvey (http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/user.php?id.2)onTue 13 May 2008 - 09:49:34

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