FalconCam shows peregrine falcons raising four chicks

3:01 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A FalconCam has been established to keep watch over peregrine falcons raising four chicks in a nest box at Ameren's Sioux Energy Center in St. Louis.

The camera feeds to Ameren's website, the World Bird Sanctuary's website, and the Missouri Department of Conservation's website.  You can watch the feed live between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week. It is a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ameren Missouri, and the World Bird Sanctuary.

World Bird Sanctuary Director Jeff Meshach says the female falcon laid four eggs in mid-March, which hatched in mid-April. There are three males and one female.

On May 17, Meshach placed leg bands on the four babies.

"The chicks appear healthy and very well fed," said Meshach. "The chicks should be fledging the nest in mid-June."

Peregrine falcons are considered the world's fastest animal, and can dive 261 miles per hour.


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