ELIZABETH, NJ - Two peregrine falcons that live on the roof of the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth are welcoming new occupants into the nest. The pair have been watching over four eggs for several weeks, and the first one hatched on the morning of May 1. The other three eggs will hatch one at a time, over the next few days.
Union County residents and people all over the world can observe the falcons and watch the eggs hatch by tuning into the County’s free livestream Falcon Cam, at ucnj.org/falcon.
“Union County has been helping to preserve and protect peregrine falcons in our area since 2006, and we are all very proud to be part of this conservation success story,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
The population of peregrine falcons was decimated by use of the pesticide DDT during the 20th century. They have been making a comeback in New Jersey, following an intensive preservation effort that began in the 1980’s.
Falcons have been nesting on the Courthouse every year since 2006, when County personnel affixed a nesting box to the roof under the guidance of state wildlife experts.
More livestreams, videos and activities about wildlife are available through Union County’s falcon education partner, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, at conservewildlifenj.org.