MDC and partners provide second falcon nest cam in KC

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Kansas City, Mo. – Fans of peregrine falcon nesting season now have two live web cameras to watch in the Kansas City area. Now online is a camera monitoring a nest high on a smokestack at KCP&L’s Iatan Power Plant north of Weston. Baby falcons appeared to begin hatching out of eggs at the nest, starting on April 24 or April 25, according to ardent nest watchers.

A high definition camera is also trained on a nest box on a ledge at the American Century Investments building at the Country Club Plaza. That nest had four eggs on April 25.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is a key partner in falcon re-introduction programs in the state’s urban areas. MDC first re-introduced peregrine falcons in 1991 at the Commerce Tower building in downtown Kansas City. A nest box there is still active. Peregrine falcons originally nested on cliffs and bluffs. Their numbers dropped after the 1940s due to the pesticide DDT. Re-introductions after DDT was banned utilize ledges, rooftops and smokestacks as spots for falcon nests.

To watch the falcon nest at the Iatan plant, visit

For viewing the Plaza falcons, visit