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For Immediate Release
May 11, 2012

Peregrine Falcons Hatch on Mid-Hudson Bridge
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Highland, NY – For the 16th year in a row, the Mid-Hudson Bridge between Poughkeepsie and Highland is home to newly hatched Peregrine Falcons.
“It’s an annual tradition,” Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero said. “The falcon webcam gets a lot of hits at the DEC web site and our YouTube post of the mother Peregrine feeding the hatchlings receives hundreds of views.”
These chicks are the 42nd, 43rd and 44th Peregrine Falcons fledged from the nesting box on the bridge. “We are fortunate that our facilities have been so successful in helping re-establish such a beautiful and important species,” said Ruggiero.
The Bridge Authority hosts nesting boxes on each of its five Hudson River vehicle bridges. The boxes were installed in the late 1980’s as part of an effort to re-establish the Peregrine in the Hudson Valley. Peregrine Falcons are listed as an endangered species.
The Authority partners with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to provide the public with live snapshots of the Peregrine nest. The webcam can be viewed at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/53052.html. The live-shot is updated approximately every 10 minutes. The DEC web site also includes additional information about Peregrines as well as other webcams around the state.
Fans can also see video of the Peregrine and three chicks on YouTube at http://youtu.be/pixIqrLR7Uo. Fans can also search YouTube for “Peregrine Falcon Feeding Babies 2012”.
“In addition to the DEC webcam and our video on YouTube, we will be “tweeting” out pictures and updates of the new chicks periodically. You can follow us at @NYSBridge on Twitter, or look for the New York State Bridge Authority on Facebook,” Ruggiero added.

The name Peregrine means “wanderer,” and northern-nesting Peregrines are among North America’s long-distance migratory species, traveling as much as 10,000 miles a year. Peregrines mate for life and usually return to the same nesting spot each year.
The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird on the planet. In a hunting dive, the Peregrine will soar to heights of a half mile or more, then dive at speeds in excess of 200mph. The top speed recorded for a Peregrine dive is 242.3mph.
Falcon chicks are called eyas and lose their downy white coat as they mature.
A medium-sized falcon, the Peregrine will grow to about 15 to 21 inches long and have a wingspan of more than 3 feet.

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