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Peregrine Falcons Nesting Downtown

Peregrine Falcons Nesting Downtown

Posted - Jun. 4, 2004 at 5:07 p.m.



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Jed Boal ReportingA popular Utah family has moved back to downtown Salt Lake City after a long absence. A family of Peregrine Falcons is nesting on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for the first time in eight years.

Peregrine Falcons Nesting Downtown

If the family of falcons seems a little frantic, they are. The parents are busy raising their young --two chicks is the best guess from the Division of Wildlife Resources.

A prolific pair of falcons nested on the building, formerly the Hotel Utah, in the 80's and 90's. They used to draw quite a crowd as they hunted food for the chicks and later gave them flight lessons.

Bob Walters, the Watchable Wildlife Coordinator for the DWR followed the falcons in those years; he's thrilled to see a new pair of falcons.

Bob Walters, Division of Wildlife Resources: “It was bound to happen, and the more I think about it, it comes down to the fact that there's no predicting when this is going to work."

This in not a pair of Peregrines that has flown here before. Exactly why they chose the spot is a mystery of the wild.

Bob Walters: “If you had to guess, maybe a pair that was favorably disposed to the place. And now we're down the road with at least two young."

It's a great chance to catch a glimpse of wildlife in the downtown area, but it takes a lot of patience. We waited nearly an hour before we even spotted the birds.

Bob Walters: “Schedule several hours to come downtown and watch the birds. You'll make a memory you'll never erase."

In the coming weeks the parents will do a lot of hunting and returning to the nesting box with food. In a couple of weeks flight school begins and there are few soft surfaces in the area.

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