Peregrine Falcon

Found on every continent except Antarctica, peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) are one of the best known conservation success stories and are believed to be the fastest bird in the world, traveling up to 200 mph during hunts. These amazing birds have recovered from near eradication in eastern North America, now making many large cities ...

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2016 Peregrine Falcon Recap

Peregrine Falcon


2016 Recap:

This year Boh and Barb had another amazing nesting season up on the Transamerica Building in downtown Baltimore. During the Falcon Cam’s second year, Boh and Barb laid four eggs, successfully hatching all of them. However, sadly one of the baby falcons did not survive long after hatching. The rest of the falcons fledged, and started to learn how to survive on their own. Shortly after fledging, a vigilant Transamerica employee informed the Chesapeake Conservancy that one of the falcons had flown into the building. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Raptor Biologist Craig Koppie temporarily removed the eyas and took it to a rehab facility. On June 16 at around 4pm, Koppie successfully released the eyas back into the nest. Watch the video of the release here. The dead birds you see in the rooftop are food for the eyas, or young hawks. In July many names were voted on for the three falcons but the winners were Charlie, Pauli, and Pratt, named after the streets below the Transamerica Building. Not long after, all three of the birds left the nest to live on their own. We hoped you enjoyed another exciting season of the Falcon Camera, and hope to see you again next season.

We hope that you enjoyed learning more about the daily lives of these iconic birds, and look forward to a new season coming soon!

Special thanks to TransamericaSkyline Technology Solutions, Cogent CommunicationsShared Earth Foundation, the City of Baltimore, and 100 Light Streetfor making the peregrine falcon cam possible.                                                                                             Photo: A young falcon returns to the ledge

About Peregrine Falcons:

Found on every continent except Antarctica, peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) are one of the best known conservation success stories and are believed to be the fastest bird in the world, traveling up to 200 mph during hunts. These amazing birds have recovered from near eradication in eastern North America, now making many large cities and coastal areas their homes.

After a drastic population decline from 1950-1970 due to pesticide poisoning, peregrine populations have rebounded due to a large-scale captive breeding and release program. Scarlett, the building’s first falcon, was released by the Peregrine Fund at the Edgewood Arsenal area on the Chesapeake Bay in 1977 as part of this effort. Her first successful mating in 1984 with a wild peregrine, later named

Beauregard, produced the first natural-born peregrines bred in an urban environment on the East Coast in three decades. Now, peregrine falcons are pervasive throughout the U.S., nesting on skyscrapers, water towers, cliffs, and more. Maryland’s restored peregrines have preferred man-made structures, like the 100 Light St skyscraper, to make their nest in the region. Structures like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Francis Scott Key Bridge, and Route 301 Potomac River Bridge have been known to have nesting peregrines as well.

Because peregrines prey on other birds, they are particularly susceptible to changes in the health of the surrounding environment. There is potential for a tremendous amount of bioaccumulation of chemicals in their bodies, threatening the health and productivity of any future offspring. To make sure this charismatic bird continues to thrive, we are working to ensure that river corridors remain protected and that the Chesapeake Bay can support abundant fish and smaller bird populations.

Learn more about the peregrine falcon with our frequently asked questions and fun facts here

Click on the links below to view historical records and learn more about the peregrine falcons at 100 Light Street:

Chronology of the Peregrines at 100 Light St

Fact Sheet for Baltimore’s Peregrines

Peregrine Offspring Record, 1979-1991

Biographies of Peregrines at 100 Light St

Historical Images

Note: With the departure of USF&G from the building in the mid-1990s, records on the falcon family ended.

Articles:

Sources: 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds – Peregrine Falcon

National Audubon Society, Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Fund

To learn more about peregrine falcons and the Bay’s other amazing creatures use our National Wildlife Refuge App, or visit one of our regions many National and State parks and refuges to see them in the wild!

If you enjoy our Peregrine Falcon Cam, please consider donating to the Chesapeake Conservancy to help maintain this feed and help us establish other web cams highlighting the daily lives of other Chesapeake species.