Although the Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park is temporarily closed, learning about nature doesn’t have to stop. One way is by observing virtually. Currently, fuzzy white peregrine falcon chicks are being tended by their high-flying parents at two nests in the Kansas City area, which are viewable online.
Eggs have hatched at a nest on a smokestack at Evergy’s Iatan Power Plant in Platte County and the American Century Investments building near the Country Club Plaza, said Joe DeBold, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urban wildlife biologist.
The falcon parents will now bring the young food. They will shelter them from cold winds and rain. But the chicks will grow daily and fledge or leave the nest in mid-summer, DeBold said.
Three other nests in the Kansas City area are also active and being monitored by MDC.
Restoration of peregrine falcons, which are endangered in Missouri, is a partnership between MDC, private businesses, and other conservation partners.
To watch the falcon nest at the Iatan Power Plant online, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZhT.
To watch the American Century falcons, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZhW.
For more information about peregrine falcons, there are two ebooks available only through the library Hoopla connection. The children’s books include: