Peregrine Falcon Egg Watch on at Minnesota Power Facilities

By KBJR News 1

Peregrine Falcon Egg Watch on at Minnesota Power Facilities

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Bird lovers from around the world can watch as peregrine falcons at Minnesota Power's Boswell Energy Center prepare for chicks to hatch!

So far, four eggs have been spotted at the Boswell nesting box via Falcon Cam, Minnesota Power's camera that shows continuously updated live images of the nesting box as well as a 24-hour view of its occupants.

You can watch the progress of the falcon families on the Falcon Cam located on Minnesota Power's website.

The nesting box is located at the energey center in Cohasset and is 260 feet up a 400-foot stack. The box was installed in 1991 and peregrine falcons have returned there annually to raise their families. Minnesota Power also has a nesting box and Falcon Cam at the Hibbard Renewable Energy Center here in Duluth, where falcons are caring for at least two eggs.

The eggs are expected to hatch in late May. 59 peregrines have hatched at Boswell since 1993 and and 10 chicks have hatched at Hibbard since 2008.

Peregrines, often called the fastest raptor on earth, spend the winters as far away as South America. They return in the early spring and seek high, out-of-the way places for nesting and pursuing their prey. The electric utility industry has played an important role in the peregrine falcon recovery in the Upper Midwest.

Posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com