Since 1981, NH Audubon conservation biologists and a legion of dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to advance Peregrine Falcon population recovery in New Hampshire. NH Audubon first became involved as organized releases of captive-bred falcons were ending and monitoring of wild-breeding pairs began. From a single cliff-nesting pair that fledged two chicks in Franconia Notch in 1981, to 19 breeding territories that produced a record-high 35 young in 2010, NH Audubon observers have been there for 30 years!
NH Audubon is pleased to provide live streaming video of the Peregrine Falcon nest at 1750 Elm Street in Manchester, NH, with the support of our partners, SingleDigits, Inc and Brady Sullivan Properties.
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Peregrine Falcon Monitoring and Management project.
2016 Season Updates
Single Digits Donates New Peregrine Cameras
Exciting new developments in on-line Peregrine Falcon viewing at the Brady-Sullivan Tower in Manchester, NH! Since 2003, the public has been able to use their computers to watch Manchester’s peregrines raise their young, thanks to gear originally provided by Spectra Access, Inc. Well, after more than a decade, the equipment was really showing its age in 2015, and the viewing experience was no longer something that any of us were pleased to share with the public. That’s why NH Audubon is so delighted now to announce that Single Digits (which purchased Spectra Access in late 2014) has just installed two new high-resolution cameras that will significantly improve nest viewing!
One new fixed camera focuses on the perch located just outside the nest box, and provides a sweeping view of downtown Manchester and the Merrimack River. The second PTZ camera enables Single Digits’ technicians and NH Audubon’s raptor biologist to rotate and zoom. We can focus on the birds incubating eggs deep inside the nest box, then follow the chicks as they increasingly explore the box, and finally watch them test their wings on the outer ledge. By repositioning the adjustable PTZ camera closer to the entrance of the box, we expect much better lighting and far less glare than before. And this camera has night-viewing capabilities, which opens a whole new window on peregrine behavior during hours when birders rarely watch raptors. We hope you will enjoy watching on your computer, tablet, or smart phone!
NH Audubon is incredibly grateful to Single Digits for their interest and support, and to Brady-Sullivan Properties for hosting the nest box for the past 15 years. Check out the view for yourself!
2015 Season Updates
Sometime during this past winter, a new unbanded female Peregrine Falcon took up residence at the Brady-Sullivan Tower. She replaced “02/Z,” a black/green banded female Peregrine Falcon that was in residence since 2006 and was nearly 10 years old when she disappeared. Over the past calendar year both of Manchester’s resident Peregrines – the black/green banded male “6/7” and the female mentioned above – have been replaced by new individuals. At the end of March, we also noted a second male Peregrine challenging the new resident male for possession of the site. But, in spite of all this domestic upheaval, the breeding territory continues to be active, and we continue to watch for arrival of the eggs (we appear to be at 4 and counting!) and the month of incubation which will follow.
6/29/15: The four chicks have fledged, one has met an early death from a collision with the building but the other three seem to be doing fine.
Visit the Webcam often to follow all the drama!