This is the falcon cam serving American Enterprise Peregrine Falcons. Since 1993 American Enterprise (previously American Republic) staff has hosted a falcon pair that produced three young that year. Since that time there have been 46 young produced at this site. There have been three females and two separate males at this site. One young from 2008 has a separate territory at the State Capitol where he produced one young last year. In the spring of 2010, Peregrine Falcons were considered a Species of Special Concern in Iowa and no longer endangered. In 2011, 15 wild nesting pairs were successful at eleven sites with 28 young produced. In 2010, 16 territories with 11 successful nests produced 22 young around the state.
Beginning in 1989 Iowa Dept of Natural Resources' Wildlife Diversity Program assisted conservation organizations and Iowa citizens in releasing 50 Peregrine Falcons at three sites: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine. As a result of these efforts employees of American Republic Insurance building at 606 5th Ave. have hosted nesting Peregrine Falcons, since 1992. That year male X20 (released in Cedar Rapids in 1990) and female R13 (released in Kansas City in 1991) began nesting attempts. Nesting effort failed but in 1993 male T93 (Cedar Rapids 1990) paired with R13. Male T93 sired 37 young with two mates, R13 (26 young 'til 2003) 8T (7 young in '04 and '05). 63B (11 young since '07) is male at American Republic. Female is 39E ( six young since 2008) from NSP Riverside Plant near Minneapolis 2003. There have been 44 young American Republic since 1993. Progeny from American Republic have fledged young at Cedar Rapids and Omaha from known peregrine sites. A 2008 male from American Republic is maintaining the falcon territory at the State Capitol with an unbanded female. In summary thirteen territorial pairs provided nine successful nests with 25 young produced in 2009. Iowa is now hosting 15 falcon pairs around the state.
Since those early efforts 118 in 1990s additional peregrines were released to wild nesting cliff sites along the Mississippi River from 1999 - 2003. Releases were coordinated by Bob Anderson with Raptor Resource Project, and Lowell Washburn and Tom Deckert with Iowa Falcon Recovery Team. From those releases Peregrines once again are occupying wild cliff sites at twelve locations in SE Minnesota, SW Wisconsin and three cliffs in NE Iowa.
Downtown Des Moines Site