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).
July 26, 2017 – All 3 youngsters are flying now. During the week of July 14, the small male was the first one out of the box and onto the platform that surrounds the back of the box. There's plenty of space on that platofrm for hopping and flapping, and, of course, fledging. His sisters stayed in the box for about another 4 or 5 days before making their way onto the platform.
July 12, 2017 – It won't be long now before these three take flight! There is a lot of wing flapping and stretching of legs going on, which is a sign that these three will soon be sharing the skies with their parents. The young male (the smallest of the three!) is almost entirely fluffless now and his two sisters are fast removing their remaining fluff. M49 and her partner are not bringing as much food into the nest box now in an effort to encourage their young to think about flying to various spots around the nest where the parents have stashed food.
July 6, 2017 – Amazingly, these three chicks are still just hanging out in the nest box. Don't get too used to this sight, though. It won't be long before they start popping in and out of the nest box, flapping their wings and fledging!
June 28, 2017 – The three chicks—two females and one male—were all banded on Monday afternoon. Their feathers are coming in and they are looking pretty good. M27 and her mate have done a fine job so far in rearing these three.
June 21, 2017 – The chicks all inherited a healthy appetite from their mother. When they’re not eating, they’re sleeping. M27, her partner, and their chicks are doing well and the chicks are scheduled to be banded next week.
June 15, 2017 – The final tally for this site is three chicks! M27 and her partner are taking excellent care of the chicks. M27 seems to really enjoy her nap time with her young family.
June 5, 2017 – M27 is officially a new mom! Three chicks made their appearances between yesterday afternoon and this morning. The last one might take a couple of days due to the cooler weather that we’ve been experiencing during the brooding time. The male has been bringing food for M27 and the chicks. So far, M27 seems to have a pretty good grasp on this motherhood thing.
May 30, 2017 – Watch for M27’s eggs to start hatching later this week.
May 17, 2017 – There’s not much going on right now. The peregrine couple are taking turns incubating the four eggs.
May 2, 2017 – M27 laid her fourth egg this morning at 11:25 am.
April 25, 2017 – M27 has laid her first egg.
April 18, 2017 – M27 is a female born at Inland Cement in 2013. She and her two brothers were taken to the Pembina hack site when banded to give three younger chicks a chance to be raised by M27's parents. She’s since developed a love of food (more often than not, when spotted, she’s eating something), which works well because her partner (a male who’s been at this site since 2012) is a proven provider and brings her many food gifts.
April 13, 2017 – New neighbours? A bird has been spotted over and over at this site but it’s not letting us see more than a close-up of it’s head.
While we can provide homes for the falcons, we can’t make them live in them. In 2016, this nest was left empty.
Species at Risk
Although the peregrines get a lot of attention because they are obviously excessively cool, there are many other interesting species that are considered to be a 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.