If the young falcons survive, they could fledge or fly from the nest in early summer.The Commerce Tower site has been successful because it offers good shelter and nearby food sources, he said.
Sometimes she turns to face a new direction in the nest.
At times the scene appears like a still photo, until you notice her tilting her head or the wind ruffling feathers.
There is one near the Country Club Plaza and three nests on smokestacks at Kansas City Power & Light Co. But the Commerce Tower nest site has been the most successful.
Peregrine falcons originally nested in limited numbers on high outcrops such as ledges in the Missouri River bluffs.
“This is the third year for this female on this nest,” said Joe De Bold, an urban wildlife biologist for MDC. Most likely, the male attracted her and brought her to this nest.” The male is always near the nest and will bring food to the female.
Falcons feed on pigeons downtown or on other birds and they frequently soar over the nearby Missouri River in search of food.
Also, a taxidermy mount of a peregrine falcon, information about falcon ecology and a model of a nest box used for restoration are on display at the Anita B.
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Numbers nationwide declined drastically after World War II as the DDT pesticide weakened egg shells and harmed reproduction.
The ban on DDT and restoration efforts enabled peregrine falcons to be taken off the national endangered species list in 1999.
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