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New Web Camera for Nesting Peregrine Falcons at UMass

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — A new web camera has been set up for the pair of Peregrine Falcons that are nesting on the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst.

For the past eleven years the two falcons have nested there and this year 3 out of 4 falcon eggs they’ve laid have hatched.

You can view Live images of the falcons brooding their eggs and caring for their hatchlings by clicking here.  Or you can visit the Falcon Cam button on the Library’s web page with support for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

The new more powerful web camera was funded by the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, the Office of Information Technology, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Libraries’ Systems and Web Management Department, and the Friends of the Libraries.

“The new camera is a wonderful addition since it allows us to zoom in and out remotely in order to allow viewers to follow the action of the birds,” said Richard Nathhorst, Capital Project Manager in Facilities Planning at UMass Amherst.

“The camera even has sound so we can hear what is going on,” he adds.

Each spring Nathhorst and personnel from MassWildlife band the chicks after they hatch. Since the nest box was installed in 2003, the federally endangered Peregrine Falcons have been successfully reintroduced into Western Massachusetts.

To raise money to continue improving the Falcon Cam, anyone who makes a donation to the Falcons of Du Bois Library by May 21 will be entered into a drawing to participate in the banding of the birds, which is slated to occur in late May, atop the Du Bois Library.

For more information on peregrine falcons click here.

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