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Peregrine falcon eggs hatch at the Capitol PDF Print E-mail

At least two of the three peregrine falcon eggs at Nebraska’s State Capitol hatched recently, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The female peregrine laid the eggs in mid-April and the pair had been incubating the clutch the past month.
The eggs began hatching early in the week of May 16 and by mid-week two chicks and one egg were seen in the nest box. It is not clear whether the third egg has hatched. Birds sometimes lay infertile eggs.
All the activity has been seen from Game and Parks’ FalconCam, a video camera mounted at the top of the Capitol building. The webcam provides streaming video to a television in the rotunda and to OutdoorNebraska.org. The chicks will be banded about 20 days following hatch.
Peregrines almost disappeared from the lower 48 states following World War II because of eggshell thinning caused by the pesticide DDT. The falcon was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1970. Recovery efforts, including the release of falcons at tall buildings in urban areas, have been successful. By the late 1990s, peregrine numbers had recovered and the species was removed from the endangered list in 1999.