Field Museum Bird Division staff members have removed three unhatched eggs from peregrines Nitz and Mouse. The circumstance is not unusual, especially for older birds such as Nitz, who is 16 years old. The eggs have been relocated to the Field Museum for further research.
For more than 20 years, UIC’s 28-story University Hall has been home to a peregrine falcon family nesting on its ledges. Once an endangered species, the falcons have made a dramatic comeback in the Midwest since Chicago Peregrine Release placed the first chicks atop University Hall in 1986. The falcons may be the fastest animals in the world — a diving falcon was clocked at 242 miles per hour. To see UIC’s resident raptors, look to the skies!
UIC peregrine falcons on YouTube
The Chicago Peregrine Program oversees Illinois’ peregrine falcon population by monitoring nest sites, conducting scientific research and participating in public education. The site includes links to all six Midwest streaming falcon webcams, a map of territories, facts about falcons and what do if you find an injured bird.