The birds have come back for what we hope will be the best season yet. Cameras are equipped with HD night vision for 24-hour viewing. Watch the peregrines hatch, raise and nurture their chicks and gently guide them into adulthood (as only somewhat violent birds of prey can do).
The peregrines are monitored 24/7 and biologists are informed directly if there are any concerns. Occasionally, eggs or chicks may be removed from the nests and taken to a hack site to ensure proper growth.
Update: May 22, 2018
There are four eggs at this site and the male and female are taking turns with incubating. If you've ever wondered how chicks breathe while stuck inside the eggs: eggshells are porous and allow oxygen and carbon dioxide to pass through.
Update: May 11, 2018
Eggs #3 and #4 have been laid.
Weekend Update: May 8, 2018
This nest seems to have settled down. No more fights to report but there are a couple of eggs. Egg #1 laid very early Saturday morning and Egg #2 early Monday morning.
Update: May 2, 2018
Another site filled with drama! A couple of weeks ago, there was a fight between two males and another between two females a few days ago. We're still not 100 percent sure who the birds are that won the site but judging from markings and behaviour, we believe we have a repeat of last year: M49 and B32. We will only get a look at the parent's bands when the chicks are banded.
Update: May 1, 2018
Two females got into quite a skirmish at this site a few days ago. We're not sure who won, but will keep you posted on who ends up nesting here.
Update: April 24, 2018
There is a female hanging around the box for the last week, but we're unable to tell who it is. Is M49 back or has she also been replaced?
Bell Tower brought us a case of the clones in 2017. We celebrated the return of E4, only to learn E4 was not E4 at all! A closer look during the banding of her chicks revealed she was actually M49. With the same markings, mannerisms, and walk, we thought M49 was likely one of E4’s offspring, but it turns out she's actually related to Radisson from the U of A cam (Radisson and M49's father have the same mother). Her healthy two chicks were anxious to grow up, fledging a little early. While the adults weren’t seen much by this point, they were likely keeping an eye on their girls while finding a different roof to hang out on.
Species at Risk
Although the peregrine falcon and the ferruginous hawk get a lot of attention because they are obviously excessively cool, there are many other interesting species that are considered to be Species at Risk, and there is no good reason not to learn about them! For example, the greater sage grouse is a very unique looking upland bird and there are very few left in Alberta. Also check out some of the bat conservation initiatives in Alberta.