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Peregrine Falcom Family nesting in downtown Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A Peregrine Falcon family is raising their young in downtown Salt Lake City and we are getting very close, for the single baby, to try and fly.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A Peregrine Falcon family is nesting in downtown Salt Lake City and we are getting very close, for the single baby, to try and fly.

For nearly 30 years downtown Salt Lake City has been a nesting spot for Peregrine Falcons. The popular raptor capturing the attention of anyone looking toward the sky.

Bob Walters, DNR Watchable Wildlife Program Coordinator, took ABC4Utah's Emily Clark for a visit. The nesting box is located on the North East side of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Walters explained the reason Peregrine Falcons are so popular, "It's the glint in their eye and their noble appearance that holds the interest of man. It always has."

The urban terrain of South Temple may not seem welcoming to the falcon, but the downtown living, is ideal.

Walters said, "You are in a canyon kind of ecosystem, perfect for nesting and hatching of the Peregrine."

The tall buildings are like canyons and there is plenty of food - pigeons.

Bob Walters has been watching the birds nest downtown since 1986. Each year following the chicks, as they hatch and watching them until them fly.

Walters explained that while they are on the flight watch the plan is simple, "Pick them up when they fall and put them back up and get them in the air to stay."

Walters is not the only one watching, DNR installed a camera and microphone inside the nesting box.

Walters said, "We have people all over the world who can watch this family raise their young."

Once again, this year, we are watching the Peregrine family. A huge fan base cheering on the bird family.

This year only one chick hacked, its name is Solo. Walters is anxiously watching and waiting for solo to spread his wings and hopefully fly.

If you want to volunteer to watch Solo and make sure someone is there when he does leave the box, information to contact Walters can be found via the link on this page.


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