Observing two Peregrine falcon couples who installed their nests in Brussels



Falcons for Everyone 2020
Observing two Peregrine falcon couples who installed their nests in Brussels
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Reinout Verbeke

Nature and its lifecycles enter our houses and our day to day lives, during this strange period of confinement …

Falcons for Everyone is back! As of today, you can follow the daily lives of two falcon families in Brussels live: watch as the couples hatch, when the chicks come out of their egg and when they finally fly out of the nest.

A Brilliant Outcome

The Peregrine falcon is a living proof of the positive results from efforts supporting the protection of nature. At the beginning of the 1970s, Peregrine falcons had completely disappeared in Belgium and even almost everywhere else in Europe. The culprits: pouching, hunting, habitat disruption, but most of all the use of pesticides like DDT. But by banning the most dangerous pesticides, through guidelines and protection programs, the Peregrine falcons have made a comeback. Today, there are around 180 couples of peregrine falcons in Belgium. Our program Falcons for Everyone has developed into a true observation network.

Two Livestreams

From April 3rd until June 1st, you can follow 2 Peregrine falcon families on www.falconsforeveryone.be. The first one in the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, and the other one in the St. Job Church in Uccle.

You can watch the nest from your screens 24/7: the breeding couple, the chicks coming out of their egg, how they are fed and ultimately, after 6 weeks, their flying out. Both females laid 4 eggs and the first little falcons are expected around mid-April.

On the blog, you can find information from our ornithologist Didier Vangeluwe, who founded the project in 2004 and leads it with much enthusiasm.

The HD live streaming website is met with a tremendous success! It received up to 3 million hits from 100 different countries scattered across all continents in the last few seasons. If only the falcons knew!

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