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Falcons Get New Camera

Press Release: For Immediate Release
Date: 5/7/13
Contact: Carol Connare (, 413-545-0995)





Amherst, Massachusetts – A pair of Peregrine Falcons, which have successfully nested on the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst for the past eleven years, have a new, more powerful web camera thanks to the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the Libraries’ Systems and Web Management Department, and the Friends of the Libraries. To date, three out of four falcon eggs have hatched. Live images of the falcons brooding their eggs and caring for their hatchlings can be viewed at (or by clicking on the Falcon Cam button on the Library’s web page: with support for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

To raise money to continue improving the Falcon Cam, anyone who makes a donation to the Falcons of Du Bois Library ( by May 21, 2013, will be entered into a drawing to participate in the banding of the birds, which is slated to occur in late May, atop the Du Bois Library. Banding takes place on short notice, so the winner must be available to attend the banding at the designated date and time.

“The new camera is a wonderful addition since it allows us to zoom in and out remotely in order to allow viewers to follow the action of the birds,” said Richard Nathhorst, Capital Project Manager in Facilities Planning at UMass Amherst. “The camera even has sound so we can hear what is going on,” added Nathhorst.

Each spring, Richard Nathhorst and personnel from MassWildlife band the chicks after they hatch. Since the nest box was installed in 2003, the federally endangered Peregrine Falcons have been successfully reintroduced into Western Massachusetts.

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

For more information, contact Carol Connare (, 413-545-0995). For more information on peregrine falcons:






Last Edited: 7 May 2013