New born falcon chicks born on roof of a New England college
LOWELL, Mass. — Massachusetts wildlife biologists came to UMass Lowell to check on the well-being of the peregrine falcons, both adults and recently hatched chicks.
Tom French, assistant director of the Massachusetts Divsion of Fisheries and Wildlife, fitted the new born birds with ID bands so they can be tracked as they grow to adulthood and potentially migrate to other areas.
The chicks are among more than 25 that have hatched atop the UMass Lowell building, the tallest in Lowell, since 2007. The university built the nest box to protect the falcons and installed a live webcam that helps to educate the community about these majestic birds, which are considered threatened.
Over the past decade, more than 25 of the rare birds have hatched on the roof, helping to rebuild the population of the majestic birds who are one of the species that inspired the name of UMass Lowell’s athletics teams, the River Hawks.