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Cameras at the Boswell Energy Center near Cohasset and the Hibbard Renewable Energy Center in Duluth provide a closer look at the life of peregrine falcons, the fastest raptors on the planet. Minnesota Power installed the nesting boxes and cameras more than 200 feet up on stacks at the two power plants as part of a partnership with the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah, Iowa.

The nesting box at Hibbard was removed for the 2015 season to accommodate maintenance work on the stack. It’s expected that the peregrine falcons will nest on or close to the nearby Bong Bridge, as they did before a box was installed at Hibbard. We expect to reinstall the nesting box in time for the birds to call it home again in 2016. Meanwhile, enjoy watching the falcons via our FalconCam at Boswell.

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In a typical year, migrating peregrines return to the nesting boxes in March, the eggs are laid in mid-April and the chicks hatch in late May. The falcons are identified, banded and entered into a database which makes it possible to track the birds’ activities over their lifetimes, adding to what we know about this once-endangered species. Sixty-seven peregrines have hatched at Boswell since 1993 and 56 have been banded. At Hibbard, 19 chicks have hatched and been banded since 2008.

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