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A pair of Moncton peregrine falcons ready for their close-up | News from Radio-Canada


Two peregrine falcons living in a nest box atop the Assumption Life building in Moncton for 13 years are about to become famous thanks to a new live video transmission that will allow them to be observed 24 hours a day.

Peregrine falcons are birds of prey that prey on smaller birds. They are the fastest birds in the world and can reach speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour while diving for prey. Until recently, peregrine falcons were considered an endangered species.

Fred Richards of Nature Moncton said installing a live camera has been a goal since the nesting project began in 2011.

“I believe that an informed public about nature and conservation is very important, and I hope this will be a high-profile look at the Pilgrims.”

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The Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton hopes seeing the falcons in their nests will inspire spectators to take action to combat environmental problems.

Richards said it was an exciting week for the group members, seeing the project come to fruition.

This enthusiasm is shared with the Magnetic Hill Zoo team, project partner.

Jill Marvin, director of Magnetic Hill Zoo and Park, has been following the live stream, available on the zoo’s website, since it launched earlier this week.

“We are delighted that people understand that right here in downtown Moncton there is a peregrine falcon nest perched on one of the tops of buildings.

Jill Marvin in front of a sign speaking to journalists.
Jill Marvin is the director of the Magnetic Hill Zoo and Park in Moncton. (Pierre Fournier/CBC News)

The peregrines have adapted to urban living, Marvin said, with tall structures mimicking the cliffs they would live on in their natural habitat.

She said the birds actually benefit urban environments by controlling the population of smaller birds, such as pigeons.

Marvin hopes the public will take the time to learn about hawks and their population recovery.

She says that in the 1970s, the bird was threatened with extinction because spraying pesticides, such as DDT, weakened its eggs and caused them to collapse.

Thanks to government action, the work of non-profit organizations and researchers, Marvin says the population has increased.

“It’s one of those happy stories where, yes, human interference led to the potential extinction of this species, but it also shows us that by working together and taking inspiration from these birds, we We can take positive action and reverse any consequences we may have had.

Marvin said she hopes viewers of the live webcam will get a chance to see the hawks living in the nest, laying eggs and raising their chicks.

But viewing comes with a warning. The live feed is unfiltered and hawks can bring live prey back to the nest, she said.


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