KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two nests of newly hatched Peregrine falcons are online for the public to watch. The Missouri Department of Conservation says that four baby falcons hatched in each nest on Thursday; one at at the American Century Investments building near the Country Club Plaza and the other at the Iatan Power Plant north of Weston.
The department reports that these falcons are endangered in Missouri, and works with partners to provide nest boxes in urban settings. The MDC initiated a recovery program for the falcons in 1991. The Cornell Ornithology Lab says that pesticide poisoning virtually wiped out the falcons in the mid-20th century, but recovery have efforts have led to a significant rebound.
They’re said to be fragile when young, but grow and develop rapidly. Parents are beginning to feed their young according to the MDC, and will often be sheltered from weather by one of the parents, but move about freely as the weather gets warmer.