SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The falcon camera at Monarch Place is live showing three chicks and an egg as of Wednesday.
According to a news release sent to 22News from Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, the falcon camera is located at the business center on Main Street in Springfield.
Friday is Endangered Species Day and at Monarch Place in Springfield, Mass Wildlife banded Peregrine Falcon chicks. They were once endangered but now, for more than 30 years, Peregrine Falcon’s have been nesting in downtown Springfield.
Back in the 1960s, following the use of DDT, Peregrine Falcons disappeared from the eastern United States. Through restoration efforts they have made a come back and since 1989 Peregrine Falcon’s have been nesting on the window ledge of the 21st floor of Monarch Place. Three baby falcon chicks were banded Friday morning.
“Mass Wildlife today is important because we’re able to assess the health their diet. Ultimately, what they’re doing, three very healthy young and we put two different types of bands on their legs. The first is known as a color band which denotes what region of the country they were born and the second is a federal band which is like a federal band which is tracked on a federal data base,” said David Paulson from Mass Wildlife.
That information is then shared with other states and countries.