FalconCam

Cameras at the Boswell Energy Center near Cohasset and the Hibbard Renewable Energy Center in Duluth provide a closer look at the life of peregrine falcons, the fastest raptors on the planet. Minnesota Power installed the nesting boxes and cameras more than 200 feet up on stacks at the two power plants as part of a partnership with the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah, Iowa.

In 2016, four chicks hatched at the Boswell nest (2 females and 2 males) and four hatched at the Hibbard nest (2 females and 2 males). Seventy peregrine falcons have hatched at the plant in Cohasset since 1993; nineteen have hatched at the Hibbard nest in Duluth since 2008.

You can enjoy watching the falcons via our FalconCam at Boswell and Hibbard – click on the links below.

In a typical year, migrating peregrines return to the nesting boxes in March, the eggs are laid in mid-April and the chicks hatch in late May. The falcons are identified, banded and entered into a database which makes it possible to track the birds’ activities over their lifetimes, adding to what we know about this once-endangered species. Sixty-seven peregrines have hatched at Boswell since 1993 and 56 have been banded. At Hibbard, 19 chicks have hatched and been banded since 2008.