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This falcon camera is brought to you by the MNDNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. The program is largely supported by donations from people like you. This year, we celebrate forty years of effective conservation.

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2022 Season

August 25, 2022
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for watching the MNDNR FalconCam.  The camera is off for the rest of the season.  For highlights from the 2021/2022 season, take a look at our newsletters on this page or visit the Nongame Facebook page.

Tune in next spring when we return to watch our amazing peregrine falcons begin their courtship and nesting season. Don’t forget to check the box on your Minnesota Tax forms and make a donation to the Nongame Wildlife checkoff to help keep the camera running and our program going.  Thank you for a great season!

June Update

We have just one chick that hatched this year.  While this may seem concerning, it does happen.  We consulted with the Midwest Peregrine Society experts and they indicated that there are “a million reasons” why three eggs didn’t hatch this year.  One may be that the male is new this year.  He may have arrived later in the season and not all of the eggs were fertilized.  While there may be a million reasons, we can be sure that this chick is getting all of the attention and ALL of the food, so its chances at a successful fledge are very good.  Competing for food with other chicks is always challenging, so this chick should be strong, well fed and physically prepared for its first flight out of the box, which will happen around the first part of July. 

Note: There is no audio available with this camera.

Note: This is live video of wild birds in the natural process of raising their young. Life and death struggles occur all the time in the natural world. DNR staff will monitor this camera and will evaluate incidents as they occur, but we do not plan to, nor do we condone, any interference with this nest or its occupants.

Rewind video for instant replay: Click anywhere on the orange timeline bar below the image to go back up to 4 hours. Click on the "LIVE" button to return to the live feed. Make the video full screen by pressing the double arrow in the lower right. To escape from full screen, press the ESC key, or tap "Done" on your mobile device.


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Falcon Photo Gallery

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Nongame Wildlife Program is broadcasting a Web streaming video of peregrine falcons nesting on the top of the Bremer Bank Building in downtown St. Paul. With the help of the Town Square merchants as well as the Midwest Peregrine Society, The Nongame Program is able to provide this unique opportunity to watch peregrines raise their young in an urban setting.

In 1987, a nesting box was placed on the east side of the building and was first used by a pair of falcons in 1988. Several pairs of falcons have chosen this site as their home, producing 65 chicks through 2012. Last year was the 9th year that the pair "Jill" and "Sota" had occupied the box. Sota hatched in 1994 and had been nesting since 1998. Despite missing two toes on each foot (probably due to frostbite), and being 17 years old, Sota had been able to provide enough food for himself, all of his offspring and his mate during incubation and early brooding of chicks. Unfortunately, Sota has not been seen this season. Jill has returned and has a new mate and they have begun laying eggs. After about a 35-day incubation period, the chicks should hatch close to Memorial Day weekend.

Learn more about the peregrine falcon project »

The DNR Nongame Wildlife Program extends thanks to its partners in this webcam adventure: The Midwest Peregrine Society, Sentinel Properties and the Town Square building tenants.