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For Immediate Release
May 15, 2013

Peregrine Falcons Hatch on Mid-Hudson Bridge
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Highland, NY – For the 17th 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 at the state DEC web site is very popular and our YouTube post of the mother Peregrine feeding the hatchlings is a great feature.”

These chicks are the 45th, 46th and 47th Peregrine Falcons fledged from the nesting box on the Mid-Hudson 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 remain 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.

Falcon chicks are called eyas and lose their downy white coat as they mature. 

Fans can also see video of the Peregrine and three eyas on YouTube at http://youtu.be/JiPXp3OI0N8.  Fans can also search YouTube for “Peregrine Falcon 2013”. 

The Bridge Authority will also post updates on the Peregrine’s progress on Twitter and Facebook.  In addition to Falcoln updates, you can also get traffic updates and construction impacts at @NYSBridge on Twitter, or look for the New York State Bridge Authority on Facebook. 

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.

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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