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Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Watch nesting peregrine falcons on DNR website

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: April 18, 2013 - 5:24 PM
 
Live video from a pair of peregrine falcons nesting atop a downtown St. Paul office building is being featured on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to watch peregrines raise their young in an urban setting” said Carrol Henderson, DNR nongame wildlife program supervisor. “It is exciting to watch the birds first-hand, in their normal habitat, without disturbing them.”
The webcam is at http://webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/falcon/. A photo gallery also is at the site.
Peregrines have been raising young in this location since 1988. The female has already laid three eggs and could lay up to two more in the coming days.
Here’s more from a DNR news release:
The public is able view the activity in the nesting box, with the help of Sentinel Property Management and the tenants at the Bremer office building.
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the peregrine falcon has made a steady recovery in the United States. Once down to only a few pairs in Minnesota, peregrines have returned to Minnesota’s skies and their natural habitat, including Minnesota’s bluffs, cliffs and buildings. 
The peregrine camera was paid for by the DNR’s nongame wildlife program, which is largely funded by donations. The lines on the Minnesota income tax form and property tax form, marked with a drawing of a loon, give taxpayers the option to donate to the program, often referred to as the “chickadee check-off.”
The program works to protect and preserve more than 800 species of animals in the state that are not traditionally hunted or harvested. In addition to peregrine falcons, species such as bald eagles, trumpeter swans, loons, and American white pelicans are directly benefited by check-off contributions
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