Peregrine falcons call Dubuque County Courthouse their home

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – It’s not everyday that you get some new neighbors; including those with feathers.

Which is why the Dubuque County Conservation Department and Raptor Resource Project have teamed up to keep an eye on a peregrine falcon’s nest in Dubuque.

The falcons have nested at the courthouse since 2017. Brian Preston, Executive Director of the Dubuque County Conservation Department, said that they were dedicated to ensure these falcons had a safe nest.

“Peregrine falcons are really unique and we wanted to make sure they were successful. So our department built a platform and put it up on the ledge and put some pea gravel in there so they had a safer place to lay their eggs,” said Preston. “The next year they liked that. So they revisited and laid their eggs there.”

John Howe, Director of the Raptor Resource Project, said that live cameras, such as the ones in Dubuque and the popular Decorah eagles, help people appreciate nature.

“Just getting up and having a reason to watch the Decorah eagles and see what’s going on and see the new things that are happening and how they’re surviving winter or how they’re getting ready to fledged and things like that,” said Howe. “These different groups of people watching and following on that, it really helps educate people and it helps bring people closer to nature.

Many people have raised concerns to Preston and Howe about how the animals would survive in the recent rough weather. However, Preston said that they’re equipped to take on Mother Nature’s fury.

“It’s really neat just how tough it is to survive out there. And how much effort there is into raising those young,” said Preston. “You know, they’re feeding them every couple of hours. And just a tremendous effort from the male and female to co-parent.”

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

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