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This livestream has concluded for 2020. All three young from this nest fledged successfully and are flying around the nesting site now and will be until early September. Thanks for watching.
July 29, 2020
Capital Power has reactivated their livestream. All three young from this nest fledged successfully and continue to fly around the nesting site now, and will until early September. Biologists believe the female at this site was also nesting here in 2019. The male does not have a band and was not identified. Thanks for continuing to watch!
July 14, 2020
We hope you enjoyed watching the peregrines this year at the Genesee site. You will most likely not see the fledglings at this nest as they are out and about exploring as they continue to mature. We appreciate you tuning in and hope you join us for another exciting season in 2021! Thanks to AltaLink for their generous sponsorship of this live streaming video that attracted Canadian and international viewers. We'd also like to thank the following sponsors and the organizations that also helped make this viewing opportunity possible: Aspen Properties, Terago, WiBand, Capital Power, and Nutrien.
June 17, 2020
These three chicks are just over two weeks old and are spending much of their time eating and huddled together while resting or sleeping. You can also check out updates on the other two nests on our Facebook page.
June 2, 2020
We’re excited to see this falcon with chicks. Three chicks are in the nest along with one egg. We will soon learn if another chick will appear as falcon eggs usually hatch within a 24-hour time period.
May 20, 2020
We have confirmed that this falcon has laid four eggs. Incubation takes about 30 days so we could see the chicks hatch at the end of May or the first week in June.
May 4, 2020
This unidentified falcon has hunkered down to protect and incubate her eggs as the wind and snow blow past the nest box this morning.
April 23, 2020
There’s a new egg in the nest! This second egg appeared this morning. We have not yet confirmed the identity of the peregrine pair who will be raising their chicks at each site.
April 21, 2020
The peregrine pair at the Genesee site produced their first egg sometime between yesterday afternoon (April 20) and this morning.
Seasonal Summary: 2019
We were not able to determine who was who as we found the parents already brooding on four eggs. Their brooding behaviours include keeping each other company; one often stayed behind as the other was on the eggs. This move may have also been made to protect one another and the eggs. The chicks hatched and were doted on by their parents who kept the food coming and kept them sheltered. When the chicks reached the fledging stage, they moved in and out of camera range with some flapping and strengthening their wings, while others trusted their instinct on their first flight. With no health issues and two attentive parents, these four stayed in their nest until they were ready to leave.
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. Why not 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.