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Moncton Peregrine Falcon pair ready for their close-up | CBC News

Two peregrine falcons who have lived in a nesting box atop the Assumption Life building in Moncton for 13 years are about to become famous thanks to a new live video feed that allows them to be watched 24 hours a day.

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

Nature Moncton’s Fred Richards said installing a live camera had been a goal since the nesting project began in 2011.

“I believe an informed public about nature and conservation is very important and hopefully this will be a high-profile look at peregrine falcons.”

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Moncton’s Magnetic Hill Zoo hopes the sight of the falcons in their nest will inspire viewers to take action on environmental issues.

Richards said it had been an exciting week for members of the group to see the project come to fruition.

We share this enthusiasm with the team at Magnetic Hill Zoo, a partner in the project.

Jill Marvin, director of Magnetic Hill Zoo and Park, has been following the livestream since it launched earlier this week, which can be accessed via the zoo’s website.

“We’re just happy that people understand that there is a peregrine falcon nest on one of the building roofs right here in the middle of downtown Moncton.”

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

Peregrine falcons have adapted to life in urban environments, Marvin said, with high-rise buildings modeled on the cliffs they would live on in their natural habitats.

She said the birds actually benefit the urban environment by controlling the population of smaller birds like pigeons.

Marvin hopes the public takes the time to learn about hawks and their population’s recovery.

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

Through government policies, the work of nonprofit organizations and researchers, Marvin says the population has grown.

“It’s one of those happy stories where human intervention actually led to the possible extinction of this species, but it also shows us working together and taking inspiration from these birds and taking positive action and actually what we may have influenced , can undo.” On.”

Marvin said she hopes live camera viewers get a chance to see the nesting hawks laying eggs and raising their chicks.

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

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