Back from the Brink!
Less than 40 years ago the Peregrine Falcon was in danger of disappearing from the lower 48 states. Thanks to efforts here in Idaho, particularly the Peregrine Fund at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, these dynamic hunters are back. For nearly three decades wild peregrines have successfully produced young at Camas National Wildlife Refuge on a manmade nesting tower located in an area closed to the public. Friends of Camas NWR wants to bring the excitement and intrigue of nesting Peregrine Falcons to the general public, classrooms, and researchers by installing a web accessible camera on the nest tower, and live streaming the action via our website. To help us share the nesting spectacle of these magnificent birds, click on our crowd sourced funding link below, donate what you can, and become a part of the Peregrine success story.
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The nest tower is about 2 miles from Headquarters and is not hard to see if one knows where to look. It is located in an area that is normally off limits to visitors.
Photo Credit: Steve Butterworth
A primary mission of the Friends of Camas is to bring public awareness to the educational resources available on the Refuge. Anyone who visits the refuge that is interested in wildlife can witness first hand the marvel of migration that sweeps through with the changing seasons. The peregrine (whose name means “wandering”) follows this tide, spring and fall, and spends the summer here to raise its young. It is iconic of migration. It is gone in winter. Other times it is rare, wary, and fleet. The friends of camas would like to make this falcon visible via a webcam to the public.
The planned installation will use a weatherproof security camera powered from batteries maintained by solar cells. The camera will connect wirelessly to Headquarters and from there through another wireless link to Mud Lake Telephone fiber optics. Our greatest concern with this activity is that we cause no disturbance to the falcons. All work will be done in early winter once they are gone. Greatest care will be taken to make equipment unobtrusive. When complete, the camera will be accessible on the Internet through a link on the Friends of Camas Home page. Total expenses for installation of the system are estimated to be $6000.
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