We have a new camera! The Misericordia cam has come on board thanks to Covenant Health (and of course, our program sponsor: TransAlta). All of our peregrine 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).
Update: May 22, 2018
There are four eggs at this site (Egg #4 showed up May 12) 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.
Weekend Update: May 8, 2018
Two eggs laid in front of the new camera so far. Egg #1 showed up Saturday afternoon and Egg #2 last night.
The male is banded but we have not been able to get a good look at the band number.
Let’s go back to 1992—when scrunchies, Michael Jackson, and an infamous female peregrine reigned. RED G over H, nicknamed the “flying scalpel,” rates as one of the most violent peregrine falcons ever to nest in Edmonton! She was a captive-raised peregrine, first seen hanging out on the Cabrini Center of the Misericordia Complex. Her territorial instincts only grew, with her taking ownership of Inland Cement, U of A, and eventually, downtown on the Bell Tower. We’re guessing she was 12 or 13 years old when she disappeared—let’s just say downtown window washers didn’t mourn her passing.
The Misericordia site remained unoccupied until 2008, when a female peregrine born two years before at the University of Calgary hooked up with an unbanded male. This female has occupied the site ever since, having at least three different mates.
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.