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Einer der beiden Wanderfalken, die in der ULB nisten, wacht über die 5 gelegten Eier (Foto: KBIN)
09/04/2021
Falcons For Everyone 2021
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Charlotte Degueldre

Falcons for Everyone is back! Until May 3rd, 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.

Two Live Streams

In the tower of the St. Job Church in Uccle, a couple of Peregrine falcons is breeding 4 eggs since March 8th. They have been coming back for 5 years and have already brought up 23 baby falcons. We are expecting their eggs to hatch around April 9th.

New this year: we are following a couple of falcons in the tower of building A on the Solbosch-campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This couple is breeding 5 eggs since March 12th. The young falcons should come out around the 13th of April.

The couple that was at the Saint-Michael and Saint-Gudula Cathedral last year didn’t show up this time. The falcons didn’t set up their nest in the building, at least not in front of our cameras. But we do see them from time to time on the gargoyles. Did they find a new place to nest? We’re following this closely and will report on the blog, where you can read the story of Peregrine falcons in Brussels year after year.

From April 3rd until June 1st, you can follow 2 Peregrine falcon families on www.falconsforeveryone.be. The first one in the St. Job Church in Uccle, and the other one at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Live and in HD

The camera system with HD livestream of the nests has been activated so you can watch the breeding and first moments of life of the baby falcons, from their coming out of the eggs (expected around mid-april) until the first time they fly away. You’ll be able to watch the ups and downs of the families’ lives 24/7, until the young falcons will fly out of the nest, by the end of May.

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! 

A living proof of the positive results from efforts supporting the protection of nature: A truly brilliant outcome!

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.

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