A pair of Peregrine Falcons, which have successfully nested on the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst for the past 11 years, have a live webcam
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“In all honesty, we don’t know when it’s coming back for sure”
- The US Air Force's first launch of the X-37b
reusable space vehicle has provoked much speculation, with some even wondering if the Pentagon is reviving Nazi space-bomber plans
. But was the launch of spaceplane an attempt to mask the launch of another secret weapon
SpaceX's fourth flight was successful. Scaled Composites'
X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne made the first privately funded hop into space. SpaceX
just took the next big step and inserted a dummy payload into orbit
. Next, they will launch the much larger Falcon 9
and later test out the human-carrying Dragon
. CEO Elon Musk
also enjoys dabbling in banking
and exotic electric cars
We're all used to animal cams at the zoo
. You can watch animals in the wild
or in captivity
. But how about a live animal cam at...the library
The sport and hobby
, or hunting small game with raptors has been around since ~600 bce. What you might not have known is that there is a small industry to provide your hawk or falcon with a jaunty chapeau
, often necessary to keep the bird calm.
, and here
And then there's the crazy
. All you need... is five-hundred geepee...
I've always found falcons fascinating.
A long time ago, I helped out ( in a small way ) with the state effort to re-establish the peregrine falcon in the Midwest. It was in a major Midwest city, where the downtown buildings were a close match to their native nesting habitat of cliff faces and tall trees. The focus for the falcon release was a hack box. Now, the same hack box is being used as a nest by a falcon breeding pair, who have four eyasses ( singular; eyas: i.e., falcon chicks ) this year.
This URL is the webcam of the hack box; it refreshes every 30 seconds. Since falcons eyasses grow fast, they need a lot of feeding, so the parents are primarily out hunting when they are not sheltering their children. Every once and a while you'll see one of the parents feeding the eyasses. In the coming weeks, you can watch these eyasses grow to more than triple their present size and get their flying wings.