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Mar 31, 2013 7:23 PM

Power Companies Install Falcon Webcam

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Want to get a bird's-eye view of how falcons live?

Then check out a new webcam installed by Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities at a power plant in southwest Louisville. The Courier-Journal reports (cjky.it/YDyIfA) the power company has installed a webcam to capture the daily lives of peregrine falcons that are nesting at the plant. Video from the webcam can be viewed at http://www.lge-ku.com/falcon/milestones.asp .

Kate Heyden, a bird biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, says it is the first nesting peregrine falcon webcam in the state.

"Installing the falcon web cam at Mill Creek is a next step in our long-standing partnership with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in our efforts to support Kentucky's peregrine falcon population," said Mike Kirkland, general manager at the Mill Creek plant.

Two decades ago the raptor couldn't be found in Kentucky, but it returned in 1997 and efforts have been made to help it multiply.

At the Mill Creek plant, 19 falcons have hatched since 2007. This year, the falcons have laid five eggs in the nest since late February.

"We are excited about this project because it gives us a chance to bring the outdoors into everyday classrooms, homes and lives," said Sunni Carr, a branch coordinator with fish and wildlife resources. "This web camera provides an opportunity to follow the lives of these birds from an egg until they take to the skies."

Heyden said there are 15 pairs of peregrine falcons nesting in the state, and three of those are in Jefferson County.

Heyden said the birds, which are known to dive at prey while traveling more than 200 mph, can flourish in urban environments like Louisville.

"There is plenty of room," she said. "There are a lot of high locations (to nest) next to a river."

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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