Rare birds fight for love

Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A pair of endangered birds in Pennsylvania are fighting to keep their love–and their species–alive. Now, the whole world will be able to watch.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Friday launched its annual live, 24-hour-a-day webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons who live on a ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg, Pa. The falcons typically renew their pair-bond around Valentine’s Day.

Three high-definition (HD) cameras will chronicle the falcons’ activities while streaming the footage live on the internet to viewers around the world. Around the time the first egg is laid, an additional HD camera will be set up for an intimate view into the nest.

“Year after year, the Falcon Cam is one of the most popular features on our website,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “It’s a great tool to get Pennsylvanians engaged in the environment.”

While their numbers are increasing, the Pennsylvania Game Commission still lists peregrine falcons as an endangered species at the state level. Nationally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bird from its list of endangered and threatened species in 1999.

For more information, to sign up to receive the Falcon Wire e-newsletter or to watch the falcons live, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the Falcon Cam button.

blog comments powered by Disqus