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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.
3/28/2018
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
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.

  • 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. There are 4 eggs in the nest, which are expected to hatch in about a month.
  • Falcon camera at the Monarch Place Building in Springfield This camera is expected to go live at the beginning of April. 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 falcon—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 the first week of April. Peregrine falcons have successfully nested on the roof of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst since 2003.
  • The Lawrence Peregrines website features a blog on peregrine falcons and links to a peregrine falcon nest camera in Lawrence, MA and cameras in other states: NH, CT, RI, NY, PA, MD, NJ, DE, IN, ID.

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 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 changed from endangered to threatened, reflecting the progress made over the past 35 years. Learn more about peregrine falcons in Massachusetts.

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.

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.

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