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About the Peregrine Project

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Adult perched above nestbox The state-endangered peregrine falcons residing atop Jersey City's 101 Hudson Street were first spotted by Tom H. Reid, Director of Property Management and Bob Barth, Property Manager for the building's previous owner, LCOR, more than 10 years ago. From inside New Jersey's once tallest building overlooking the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Manhattan's skyline, Tom and Bob often caught glimpses of the birds soaring by and catching prey.

After Tom saw a television program about peregrines and efforts to reintroduce them in their home ranges, he suggested that Bob Barth contact the New Jersey DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) to get protection and help for the birds. In response to their call, biologists placed a nest box on the roof of the building which the birds took to right away.

The building's tenants were alerted to the birds' presence, and have acted as the stewards of their resident endangered species ever since. In 2000 the pair produced 2 young, and every year since at least one, and usually 3-4, chicks fledge.

Thanks to a grant from the Verizon Foundation, a webcam was successfully installed in 2001, providing an educational connection for the people of New Jersey and around the world to witness these amazing birds. (Please see the 2001 Image Gallery for more images of that year's successful nesting season.)

Peregrines remain at 101 Hudson year round. During March, they begin territorial displays in anticipation of the breeding season. An average brood of 3-4 eggs is laid in March/April and hatches in early to mid-May. The young birds then fledge the nest in June. The Division of Fish and Wildlife has also installed a display in the lobby of 101 Hudson to provide building employees and visitors with a "live cam" view of the birds as well as background on peregrines in New Jersey.

The Peregrine Project relies on public support. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ is a non-profit organization which supports the work of the ENSP. To make a donation, go directly to their Donate Now Web site.

Support for the project is also provided by building's current owner, the Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. By allowing the nestbox to remain on the roof the company is helping in the recovery of the peregrine falcon; by providing space for the webcam equipment they enable viewers around the world to enjoy watching one of nature's most dynamic species in its urban habitat.

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