While Iowa wildlife are rarely featured in shows like the “Crocodile Hunter,” you can see some on camera by going on-line. The Iowa D-N-R has its “falcon cam” up and running once again on the nest of a pair of peregrine falcons on top of a downtown Des Moines building. The D-N-R’s Doug Harr says the birds are one of five nesting pairs that’ve been reintroduced in Iowa.He says the birds were once nearly wiped out by the pesticide D-D-T, but restoration efforts in Iowa and other states have brought them back. He says you should be able to see the falcon parents taking turns sitting on their nest of eggs. And he expects new falcons to hatch any day.You’ll be able to see the parents feed the birds. Falcon cam will be on-line for the rest of this month as the junior falcons grow up, but Harr says the camera will probably be shut down before the young bird begins to take flight. Harr says another pair that’s nesting on a building in Davenport has already had an egg hatch.There’s another pair on a cliff near Lansing, a pair on a smokestack at the Louisa Generating Station, and there’s a pair on a building in downtown Cedar Rapids. To see the incubating falcons, surf to www.state.ia.us/governoment/dnr and go to the wildlife link.
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