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News Peregrine falcon nest cameras are streaming!

Get a close-up look inside the nest of peregrine falcons around the state.
3/26/2019
  • MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Peregrine falcon feeding chicks in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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.

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.

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program 

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state, as well as the protection of the natural communities that make up their habitats.

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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