Our falcon cam features three different nest sites at Xcel Energy power plants in Minnesota. They include the Allen S. King Plant in Oak Park Heights, Black Dog Plant in Burnsville and Sherburne County (Sherco) Plant, in Becker.
The nest boxes at these sites are installed 300 - 600 feet above the ground to imitate the same features of high cliffs. Falcons perch where they have excellent views of the skies, so they can spot and “skydive” for prey.
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Peregrine falcons find the boxes installed on power plant stacks attractive as nesting sites because they offer some of the same features as the high cliffs, which they naturally prefer. Installed 300 to 600 feet above the ground, the boxes provide a perch where peregrines have an excellent view of the skies around them and can quickly spot and “skydive” for prey. The boxes were first installed at our Minnesota power plants beginning in 1989 to help return peregrines to the Mississippi River Valley. Since 1989, our falcon nest boxes have fledged 225 young falcons.
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