- MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
It’s nesting season for peregrine falcons in Massachusetts! Get an inside look at the nests of the fastest birds on Earth through one of the live nest cameras in the state. These threatened birds can be found nesting on rocky cliffs, as well as manmade structures such as buildings and bridges.
- Falcon camera at the Custom House in Boston Take a walk on the wild side with the peregrine falcons that have been nesting in the 496-foot tall Clock Tower at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, Boston for the past 19 years! Because this nest box is sheltered, it has one of the most successful records of chick production in the eastern U.S. A live feed allows bird lovers around the world to watch the falcons as they nest, tend to their eggs, and raise their chicks.
- Falcon camera at the Monarch Place Building in Springfield Peregrine falcons began nesting on the ledge of Monarch Place in Springfield, MA, in 1989. Through the years, they have produced more than 30 offspring. A nesting box was permanently attached to the side of the building to safeguard the eggs and falcons.
- Falcon camera at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell on the Fox Hall Dorm Watch live video of the university’s resident peregrine falcons—the university’s honorary River Hawks—as they mate, hatch, and raise their chicks on top of Fox Hall. The female falcon, Merri, was able to find a new mate after her previous one, Mack, died unexpectedly in June of 2014.
- Falcon camera at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on the Du Bois Library Tower This camera is expected to go live mid-April. Peregrine falcons have successfully nested on the roof of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst since 2003.
- New Balance falcon camera at Ayer Mill clock tower, Lawrence The Ayer Mill clock tower, one of the largest chiming 4-sided clock tower in the world, has been a nest site for peregrine falcons since 2002.
Prior to the use of DDT, a pesticide once commonly used, there were 375 nesting pairs in the eastern United States. The last peregrine falcon nesting pair in Massachusetts was in 1955 and by 1966, there were no remaining nesting pairs in the eastern United States. The peregrine falcon was listed as endangered in 1969 under the federal Endangered Species Conservation Act and DDT was banned in 1972.
MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) was established in the early 1980s to protect the state’s rare species. Peregrine falcon restoration became NHESP’s first project and is its longest running project to date. The first successful nesting pair in Massachusetts occurred in 1987 on the Customs House Tower in Boston. The peregrine falcon was removed from the federal list of Endangered and Threatened Species in 1999. Each year, MassWildlife staff monitors nests and places leg bands on chicks. Banding provides data relating to dispersal, longevity, and recovery. Peregrine falcons have benefited from the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act and the work of NHESP. The status of peregrine falcons has improved from endangered to threatened, reflecting the progress made over the past 35 years. Learn more about peregrine falcons in Massachusetts.
Help monitor peregrine falcon nests
Web cams in the peregrine falcon nests listed above make it easy to monitor the nests for eggs, hatched chicks, and fledged chicks. Most of the other peregrine falcon nests around the state aren't so high-tech. We're asking interested individuals to help monitor these sites and let us know if there are any others that we should know about! Learn more about monitoring peregrine falcon nests in Massachusetts.