Four white, fluffy peregrine falcon eyases (newly born falcons) are enjoying their first days of life in a nest box on the northeast corner of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
The building is just west of State Street, between South Temple and North Temple streets. Bob Walters is excited that Salt Lake CityвЂ™s famous falcon pair successfully hatched four chicks this year. вЂњIвЂ™m way pleased that the famous falcon pair are proud parents once again,вЂќ says Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Walters says the newly born falcons are doing well. вЂњAll four young-of-the-year are thriving,вЂќ he says. вЂњTheyвЂ™re on target to start their flight training before mid July.вЂќ
Watch the falcons on your computer
You can follow the antics of the falcon family on your computer screen by logging onto www.wildlife.utah.gov/peregrine.
Walters says officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have placed two cameras and some microphones in the nest box. вЂњTurn the volume up on your computer,вЂќ he says. вЂњFalcons are quite vocal — even noisy — especially when itвЂ™s time to eat.вЂќ
One of the two cameras in the nest box gives a вЂњlong viewвЂќ of the interior of the box. вЂњThe second camera focuses on the nest scrape where the chicks — and their mom and dad — are spending most of their time,вЂќ he says.
Walters says in a short time, the young falcons will be all over the nest box, flapping and exercising their wings as they prepare for their first flights.
See the falcons, volunteer to help
Walters has tentatively scheduled a downtown field trip on June 28 to watch the falcons. During the trip, heвЂ™ll also explain whatвЂ™s required to serve as a volunteer member of his Peregrine Falcon Rescue Team.
(This volunteer team works to save the lives of the young birds as they make their first flights among the buildings and pavement of downtown Salt Lake City.)
If youвЂ™re interested in attending the June 28 field trip, or volunteering to serve as part of the team, call Walters at (801)209-5326.