Kansas City, Mo. – Nesting peregrine falcons are live and on camera once again this spring in the Kansas City area, thanks to streaming video on the Internet. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works with conservation partners to restore the high-flying falcons as resident birds in the state. Two nests in the metro area have cameras set up for streaming video.
Onlookers can currently see falcons sitting on eggs in nests at the Iatan Power Plant north of Weston and at the American Century Investments building near the Country Club Plaza. Both nests appear to have four eggs. The eggs were laid in March.
Baby falcons, also called eyasses, should start hatching any day now, said Joe DeBold, MDC urban wildlife biologist. They likely will fledge, or start flying, in June.
Peregrine falcons are endangered in Missouri. They originally nested on cliffs and bluffs. MDC introduced a recovery program for them with releases in downtown Kansas City in 1991. The area’s first nest site was on a ledge at the Commerce Tower skyscraper. That nest site is not active this spring.
The nest box at Iatan is near the top of a smokestack at the power plant. To see the nest, visit http://bit.ly/1Tvfozx.
American Century’s nest is on a rooftop. The camera there offers high definition video. To view that nest, visit http://bit.ly/1YSqGzk.
For more information on falcons or other watchable wildlife, visit http://mdc.mo.gov.