New webcam shows falcons nesting over Baltimore

Since the 1970s, a troop of peregrine falcons have made their home 33 stories above downtown Baltimore. They have mostly stayed with each other, but for a few fish and wildlife workers who check in from time to time.

But as of this week, the stranded Baltimoreans can observe the hawks without disturbing them. The Chesapeake Conservatory launched a new nest webcam.

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Falcons are located at the top of the Transamerican Tour at 100, rue Light

Falcons were almost extinct in the 1970s, but rebounded through a breeding and release program. Here’s how they got to downtown Baltimore, according to the building that houses them:

In 1978, Cornell Laboratories at the US Army Base in Aberdeen released Scarlett, a peregrine falcon. As do many peregrine falcons, Scarlett sought out a large man-made structure for her nesting site. She discovered and selected 100 Light Street as a suitable cliff face. For thirty years, peregrine falcons have occupied the southwest corner of the 33rd floor of the 100 Light Street building.

On the technical side, the executive director of Chesapeake Conservancy Joel dunn credited Skyline technology solutions and Convincing communications for helping with the project.

We kept an eye on the camera for most of Tuesday afternoon and found that two falcons were mostly hanging out around the nest. They were a little shy in front of the camera.

The Conservancy also manages a osprey camera on the east bank. It’s currently under repair following damage from a winter storm, but you can watch the highlights of 2013 below.


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