The Magnetic Hill Zoo, in Moncton, NB, has recently partnered with a local naturalist’s club, Nature Moncton, to install a webcam on a Peregrine falcon nest box. Back in 2010, local bird enthusiasts received the appropriate permissions to construct and install a nest box on a high rise in downtown Moncton. The box was first used by Peregrine falcons in 2011 and every year since.

Fast forward to present day when the Nature Moncton club had an interest in installing a camera in the nest box. A partnership was formed with the Zoo and the Zoo’s conservation fund provided the funding to install the camera and host the live video feed on the Zoo’s website. Now Moncton residents (and beyond) have a unique way to connect with, observe, and learn about nature!

“It’s really important for our mission of education, conservation, and inspiring people to want to protect species in the wild,” said Jill Marvin, director of the Magnetic Hill Zoo and Park. Studies have shown that wildlife webcams increase viewers understanding of wildlife biology including an increased motivation to protect them (Johnson-Pynn, Carleton 2019).

Peregrine nesting generally begins in March with two to five eggs laid in intervals in April. Once all eggs are laid, the incubation period starts for 31-35 days. Hatched chicks grow rapidly and fledge around day 40.

The live video feed has drawn much attention. “Once you start watching, you can’t seem to stop!” said Fred Richards, president of Nature Moncton.

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