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Minnesota / Burnsville - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2011, 21:47 »
Xcel Energy's Black Dog Power Plant
Burnsville, Minnesota


 
(photos:  plant by Peterson Aerial Photos; nestbox by Froona)

Black Dog is a coal- and gas-fired generating station, located on the Minnesota River at Burnsville just south of the Twin Cities.  Black Dog takes its name from the Black Dog band of Sioux - or Dakotah - and their leader Chief Black Dog, who settled an area on the south bank of the Minnesota River around 1750. The settlement was the oldest Mdewakanton tribe in the area.  All four original Black Dog units were built in the 1950s, and by 1960 Black Dog was the second largest base load plant in what was then the Northern States Power system, a predecessor to Xcel Energy. In 2002, with the addition of the new combined cycle unit, the plant regained its status as the second largest fossil fueled plant in Xcel Energy’s North region. Black Dog’s coal units generate power 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The natural gas combined cycle unit is designed to provide intermediate generation during higher load periods.

webcam link: http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/falcon.html

Black Dog is located in the Minnesota River Valley, also home to variety of waterfowl and other wildlife. A good vantage point to view migrating waterfowl is along Black Dog Road between Interstate Highway 35W and Cedar Avenue. Xcel Energy owns about 1,500 acres around the Black Dog cooling ponds that it leases to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so it can maintain a preserve. Black Dog Preserve includes rare plant families more than 4,000 years old, along with thousands of waterfowl and songbirds, hawks, squirrels, gophers, chipmunks, foxes, beaver, raccoons, deer and mink.

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Minnesota / Cohasset - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2011, 21:29 »
Minnesota Power and Light
Cohasset, Minnesota



(photos: plant from Lakesnwoods.com

In 1991, in an effort to help preserve this endangered raptor, Minnesota Power installed a nesting platform on a stack at Boswell. In 1992, a lone male found refuge on the nest, and in 1993, a pair of peregrines raised two chicks, the first ever in Itasca County.  Fifty-nine peregrines have hatched at Boswell since 1993 and 48 have been banded.

webcam link: http://www.mnpower.com/Environment/FalconCam

Resident Pairs & Offspring:
  • 2013 - ? & ? --> 2 male & 2 female chicks
  • 2012 - ? & ? --> 3 chicks, none banded
  • 2011 - ? & ? --> 1 male & 3 female chicks
  • 2010 - ? & ? --> Jokwyn (m), Ripper (m) & DebraO (f)
  • 2009 - ? & ? --> 2 male & 1 female chicks
  • 2008 - ? & ? --> no record
  • 2007 - ? & ? --> 2 male chicks
  • 2006 - ? & ? --> Centuria (m), Falcon (f), Franklin (f) & Spirit (f)
  • 2005 - ? & ? --> 3 female chicks
  • 2004 - ? & ? --> 4 female chicks
  • 2003 - ? & ? --> 1 male & 1 female chicks
  • 2002 - ? & ? --> 3 female chicks
  • 2001 - ? & ? --> 4 female chicks, none banded
  • 2000 - ? & ? --> 4 female chicks, none banded
  • 1999 - ? & ? --> 2 male & 1 female chicks
  • 1998 - ? & ? --> 2 male & 2 female chicks
  • 1997 - ? & ? --> 2 male & 2 female chicks
  • 1996 - ? & ? --> 1 male chick
  • 1995 - ? & ? --> 3 female chicks
  • 1994 - ? & ? --> 3 male chicks
  • 1993 - ? & ? --> 1 male & 1 female chicks
  • 1992 - ? & ? --> 1 adult male stayed all summer
  • 1991 - ? & ? --> nesting box installed

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New Hampshire / Manchester - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2011, 23:06 »
Brady Sullivan Tower (aka 1750 Elm)
Manchester, New Hampshire


   
(photos: building from Panoramio.com; location of nestbox from CMNH; interior nestbox from HMANA)

The Brady Sullivan Tower / 1750 Elm is Manchester's landmark commercial property in the Central Business District of New Hampshire's largest city. Located along the banks of the Merrimack River, the thirteen floor office tower and front building provide premium office space. 1750 Elm Street consists of two contiguous buildings. The original three-story building was constructed in the 1950s. The thirteen-story tower was added during 1969-1970.  The building is 55 m (180 feet) high.

webcam link: http://www.spectraaccess.com/falcon2/camera1.html?buffer=2 (stand-alone link)
website link:  http://www.nhaudubon.org/birding/peregrine-web-cam

The camera is a partnership between the New Hampshire Audubon, Brady Sullivan Properties and Spectra Access.  The webcam live-streams for most of the year.

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New York / Albany - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2011, 22:19 »
Dunn Memorial Bridge
Albany, New York


 
(photos: brigde & nestbox/lift by Albany Times Union)

The Dunn Memorial Bridge, officially known as the Private Parker F. Dunn Memorial Bridge, carries US 9 and US 20 across the Hudson River between Albany, New York and Rensselaer, New York. Completed in 1967 to replace an earlier span bearing the same name, the highway bridge has a steel girder design. It is the southernmost toll-free road crossing of the Hudson. Parker F. Dunn, an Albany native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in World War I.

webcam link:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/33249.html

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NY / Buffalo - U of Buffalo - 2020 / ? & ?
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2011, 21:55 »
Mackay Heating Plant, University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York


 
(photos: building from Buffalo University; nestbox by UBuffalo Peregrine Place blog)

MacKay is the South Campus heating facility. Its tower is a campus landmark. The plant was renovated in 1973.  A longtime industrial plant manager, Gerald F. MacKay (1906-1965) later joined the university staff. He was known as a man motivated to render service to the university's academic mission with great economic efficiency.

webcam link: www.buffalo.edu/falconcam.html

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New York / Poughkeepsie - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2011, 21:31 »
Mid-Hudson Bridge
Poughkeepsie, New York


   
(photos:  bridge from Wikipedia; nestbox from Poughkeepsie Journal)

The Mid-Hudson Bridge (officially the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge) is a toll suspension bridge which carries US 44 and NY 55 across the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland in the state of New York. Governor and local resident Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor attended the opening ceremony on August 25, 1930. The bridge was renamed the "Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge" in 1994 though the span is rarely referred to by its official name.  The bridge is 3,000 feet (910 m) long with a clearance of 135 feet (41 m) above the Hudson. At opening, it was the sixth-longest suspension bridge in the world.  (Source: Wikipedia)

webcam link: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/53052.html

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New York / Syracuse - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2011, 21:13 »
State Tower Building
Syracuse, New York


   
(photos:  building from Syracuse.com; nestbox from CNYCentral; nestbox from Syracuse.com)

The State Tower Building is a high-rise building located in Syracuse, New York. Completed in 1928, the building remains the highest in Syracuse to date. It has 23 floors and rises 95.4 meters (312 feet) into the air. The building was designed as a large office building with the first 10 floors being large, and the top floors being setback and smaller such that one entity might occupy an entire floor. On the roof of the tenth floor was a deck on which there was a full-service restaurant.  The building is made of steel and concrete with a limestone, terra-cotta and brick facade. The architect was Thompson & Churchill. It was renovated in 2003. (source: Wikipedia)  The peregrines nest on the 20th floor.

webcam link: http://www.wvtc.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=555

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PA / Pittsburgh - Gulf Tower - 2019 / Louie & Dori
« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2011, 22:07 »
Gulf Tower
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


   
(photos: building from Wikipedia; nest site location & nestbox from WQED)

Gulf Tower is a 44-story, 177.4 m (582 ft) Art Deco skyscraper in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The tower is one of the major distinctive and recognizable features of the city.  Built as the headquarters for the Gulf Oil Company, and known as the Gulf Building, the structure was designed by the firm of Trowbridge & Livingston and completed in 1932 at a cost of $10.05 million ($141.9 million today).  Now called Gulf Tower, it has 44 floors and rises 177.4 m (582 ft) above Downtown Pittsburgh. The crown of the skyscraper is modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in the style of a step pyramid. The building was listed as a Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark in 1973.  Peregrines have nested at the Gulf Tower since 1991.

webcam link: www.aviary.org/PF-NestCam2

updates: Kate St John's WQED Blog = www.wqed.org/birdblog

Site operated by National Aviary, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pix Controller and the management of the Gulf Tower.

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Virginia / Newport News - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2011, 19:18 »
James River Bridge
Newport News, Virginia


 
(photos: bridge source unknown; tower lift (where nestbox is located) & nestbox is from Centre for Conservation Biology)

The James River Bridge is a four-lane divided highway lift bridge across the James River in the U.S. state of Virginia. Owned and operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation, it carries U.S. Route 17 (US 17), US 258, and State Route 32 across the river near its mouth at Hampton Roads. The bridge connects Newport News on the Virginia Peninsula with Isle of Wight County in the South Hampton Roads region, and is the easternmost such crossing without a tunnel component.   When completed in 1928, the 4.5-mile (7 km) bridge was the longest bridge in the world over water. The original two-lane bridge was replaced from 1975 to 1982 with a wider four-lane bridge that could handle increased traffic volumes. In 2005, the bridge carried an annual average daily traffic of about 30,000 vehicles per day. Bicycles, mopeds, and pedestrians are banned from using the bridge; the easternmost crossing for them is the Jamestown Ferry, about 25 miles (40 km) upstream (source: Wikipedia)

website link:  http://ccb-wm.org/vafalcons/falconcam/falconcam_jamesriverbridge_4.htm

The patriarch of this nest, Sir James, first nested in this box in 1992.  James would have been 21 years old the year he disappeared.He held the honor of the oldest known nesting falcon in the US last year.  (source: Skygirlblue)

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Virginia / Cobb Island - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2011, 22:27 »
Hack Site
Cobb Island, Virginia


 
(photos: Cobb Island Station pre-move; nest structure from CCBBirds.org)

Along the seaside of Virginia's Eastern Shore are a chain of uninhabited barrier islands, stretching from Assateague Island at the Maryland border, to Fisherman's Island at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  These 23 shifting islands of sand, as well as a swath of marshland and lagoons constitute one of the longest undeveloped stretch of shoreline on the East Coast.  While most are protected today by the Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve, untouched they are not.  Since the mid-1800s, people have attempted beach resorts, hunting and fishing clubs, and even entire communities on these islands exposed to the ravages of sea and storm.  Cobb Island was a magnet for the rich and famous, with a large resort hotel built by the Cobbs with their earnings from salvaging shipwrecks. Decoys carved by Nathan Cobb Jr. are exhibited in museums and worth thousands of dollars.

webcam link:  http://ccb-wm.org/vafalcons/falconcam/falconcam_cobisland2.htm

website link: http://ccb-wm.org/programs/peregrine/peregrine_coast_cobbis.htm

Cobb Island was the site of the first Peregrine release in Virginia. The coast guard station located on the extreme southern end of the island served as a base of operations for all releases. Peregrines were first released in 1978 from the coast guard station itself. Birds were hacked from a box placed on the third floor observation room.  Birds hacked after 1978 were released from the peregrine hack tower erected in the winter of 1978.  The island is now owned by The Nature Conservancy and is included in The Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve. The Cobb Island coast guard station was moved from the island to the town of Oyster in 1999 and restored.  The peregrines continue to use the hacksite for their nest site.

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IL / Waukegan - 2020
« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2010, 13:44 »
Midwest Generation Plant
Waukegan, Illinois



(photo: plant from Wikipedia)

webcam link:  http://www.earthcam.com/usa/illinois/midwestgen/

website link:  http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/illinois-peregrines

This EarthCam camera lets you peer into a Peregrine nest on the roof of Midwest Generation's power plant in Waukegan, Illinois. A wooden box has been the urban nesting site of a peregrine from Wisconsin named Fran since 2001.  The plant is a coal electrical generating plant on the shores of Lake Michigan - it was originally built in 1923.  Waukegan is located on the west shore of Lake Michigan between Milwaukee to the north and Chicago to the south.

location: http://wikimapia.org/1496935/Midwest-Generation-Waukegan-Coal-Station

Resident pairs:
  • 2007-2013 - Greg & Fran
  • 2001-2006 - ? & Fran

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Ohio / Dayton - Liberty Tower - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2010, 15:33 »
Liberty Tower (formerly the Hulman Building)
Dayton, Ohio


 

 
(photos: building by Jerry Miller/Photobucket; nestboxes by Roger Garber/Boonshoft Museum Gallery)

The nestbox is on the Liberty Tower Building (formerly the Hulman Building).  The falcon cam is a partnership but hosted/maintained by the Boonshoft Museum.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children's museum in Dayton, Ohio, United States that focuses on science. Exhibits include an extensive natural history collection as well as maintaining a collection of live animals native to Ohio. Educational outreach extends to the community by providing in-school programming and on-site special programs. SunWatch Indian Village is a sister site to the museum.  The museum is the only zoo, aquarium, planetarium or science center in Dayton, and also houses the Apollo Observatory, an astronomical observatory operated by the Miami Valley Astronomical Society. (source: Wikipedia)

webcam link: www.boonshoftmuseum.org/programs-events/special-events/falcon-cam-stream

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Ohio / Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2017 / ? & ?
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2010, 15:20 »
Terminal Tower
Cleveland, Ohio


   
(photos: building from City-Data.com; nest location from semelfactive.net; nestbox by Alison/CMNH)

Terminal Tower is a 52-storey, 235 m (771 ft), landmark skyscraper located on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It was built during the skyscraper boom of the 1920s and 1930s, and was the fourth tallest building in the world when it was officially dedicated on June 28, 1930. Only three buildings in New York City were taller than its 708 feet (216 m), 52-floor frame.

webcam & website link: www.falconcam-cmnh.org/news.php


Resident Pairs & Offspring:
  • 2013 - Boomer & SW --> ??
  • 2012 - Boomer & SW --> unnamed female
  • 2011 - Boomer & SW --> Spark (m), Soarer (f) & Savvy (f)
  • 2010 - Ranger & SW --> Spike (m), Arrow (f) & Dart (f)
  • 2009 - Buckeye & SW --> Lunge (m), Cirrus (m) & Strike (f)
  • 2008 - Buckeye & SW --> Tiger (m), Thriller (m), Spirit (f) & Tiki (f)
  • 2007 - Buckeye & SW --> Erie (m) & Treasure (f)
  • 2006 - Buckeye & SW --> Onyx (m), Hazel (f), Indigo (f) & Orchid (f)
  • 2005 - Buckeye & SW --> Superior (m), Euclid (m), Prospect (f) & Ontario (f)
  • 2004 - Buckeye & SW --> Tory (m), Amelia (f) & Tempest (f)
  • 2003 - Buckeye & SW --> Kudos (m), Hope (f) & Goldie (f)
  • 2002 - Buckeye & Zenith --> Dakota (m), Apache (m), Cherokee (m) & Cheyenne (f)
  • 2001 - Buckeye & Zenith --> Hunter (m), Tower (m), Skylar (f) & Destiny (f)
  • 2000 - Szell & Zenith --> Blaise (m), Perl (m) & Rockie (m)
  • 1999 - Bullet & Zenith --> Encore (m), Allegro (m), Bravo (m) & Mozart (m)
  • 1998 - Bullet & Zenith --> Freedom (m), Justice (m), Liberty (m) & Peace (m)
  • 1997 - Szell & Zenith --> Eenie (m), Meenie (m), Moses "Mo" Cleveland (m) & Miney (f)  
  • 1996 - Szell & Zenith --> Ernie (m), Rock (m) & Termy (m)
  • 1995 - Szell & Zenith --> Juliet (f), Calypso (f) & Wild Thing (f)
  • 1994 - Szell & Zenith --> Utah (m), Omaha (m), Gold (m) & Sword (m)
  • 1993 - Szell & Zenith --> Stripes (m) & Stars (f)
  • 1992 - Szell & hybrid PEFA/PRFA - did not nest
  • 1991 - Szell - alone on territory
  • 1990 - Szell - alone on territory
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MN / Oak Park - 2020 / ? & ?
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2010, 21:18 »
Allen S King Xcel Energy Plant
Oak Park, Minnesota


 
(photos: plant & nestbox from WingsHigh/Photobucket)

Allen S. King is a single-unit coal-fired generating plant with a cyclone boiler. The unit provides base load electric service, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The original King unit went into service in 1968 and served reliably for more than 35 years.  The King plant was completely rehabilitated from 2004-2007 as part of Xcel Energy's Metro Emissions Reduction Project. Improvements included steam turbine replacement, steam generator repairs and modifications, coal handling upgrades and the addition of state-of-the-art air quality control equipment. The improvements were targeted at significantly reducing air emissions and restoring the King unit to its original electricity output capacity, while extending the life of the plant.  The A. S. King plant stack reaches 785 feet, taller than many of the office towers in downtown Minneapolis, 30 miles away.  King plant also was the model for a successful and growing peregrine falcon restoration effort, as the first plant in the nation to place a falcon nest box on it stacks. Several other Xcel Energy plants have joined the effort, along with other generating facilities worldwide. The plant also maintains an osprey nest box, and the land around the plant is home to other waterfowl and wildlife. (source Xcel Energy website)

webcam link: http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/falcon.html

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GA / Atlanta - 2020 / ? & ?
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2010, 21:10 »
Sun Trust Plaza (303 Peachtree)
Atlanta, Georgia


   
(photos:  building from Wikipedia; nestbox planter by Georgia Wildlife Resources Division)

webcam link:  https://georgiawildlife.com/FalconCam

This cam focuses on peregrine falcons nesting on a SunTrust Plaza Tower balcony more than 50 stories above Atlanta. Nesting typically occurs February–May. Unfortunately, the peregrines have not nested on the balconies since 2016, although sightings of juvenile peregrines in the area suggest they have nested in or near the building. DNR and partners hope the peregrines return to their usual SunTrust nest sites in 2019. The state's only known "wild" nest site is at Tallulah Gorge State Park.

The nesting falcons and the Web cam are being generously hosted by the law firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, which occupies the top floors of the building.  The nest is located in a large planter box containing small bushes on the 51st floor balcony in downtown Atlanta. (Sun Trust Plaza is 60 storeys high) The planter makes an ideal nest site because it provides a soft substrate, offers some protection from the elements and is too high up for any natural predators.  (from Georgia Department of Natural Resources website)

from Wikipedia: The building was one of several struck by the mid-March 2008 Atlanta tornado, however it did not sustain damage as severe as most of the other buildings just south of it. Several offices had to be temporarily relocated within the building due to broken windows ... Atlanta's SunTrust Plaza building is home to a peregrine falcons' nest in planters on a balcony more than 50 stories above ground. High above any natural predators, the planters offer soft substrate and afford some protection from harsh weather. Peregrine falcons have been nesting at SunTrust Plaza since 1997. This Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division web-camera offers viewers a unique look at the peregrines nesting activities in real-time. (Note: The balcony is private and not open to the public.)

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