Monday, April 25, 2011

Falcons nest on Nebraska state capitol building -- again

The last place you’d expect to find a wild pair of falcons would be in downtown Lincoln, Neb., hanging out at the state capitol building.

A ledge of a cliff out in the wild, maybe.

As it turns out, however, falcons are just as happy hanging out in urban areas on the ledges of skyscrapers than on a cliff in the wild. Apparently, they like the city life.

And the pair of peregrine falcons in Lincoln proves it. Again.

For the seventh consecutive year, peregrine falcons are using a nest box outside the 18th floor of the Nebraska State Capitol, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports via Outdoor News.

A FalconCam is set up for those interested in wildlife who want to take a peek into the lives of these falcons, which produced three eggs that are expected to hatch in early May.

A few details about falcons from the Nebraska Game and Parks:
Peregrine falcons were first observed at the State Capitol when a lone male was seen in August 1990. Peregrine falcons almost disappeared from the lower 48 states following World War II because of eggshell thinning caused by the pesticide DDT. In 1970, the falcon was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Recovery efforts, including the release of falcons at tall buildings in urban areas, were successful. By the late 1990s, peregrine falcon numbers recovered and the species was removed from the list of endangered species in 1999.
Finally, something positive to report from a state capitol building.

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