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Nonprofit gives wings to falcon webcam in Baltimore (Photos)

On Tuesday, the Chesapeake Conservancy launched a live feed of a webcam of a peregrine falcon nest located in downtown Baltimore.

WASHINGTON — Bird fever is taking flight and a nonprofit aimed at protecting the Chesapeake Bay is feeding the feathered frenzy with its new falcon camera in downtown Baltimore.

Beginning Tuesday, the public can get up-close and personal with Baltimore’s famous peregrine falcons with the click of a button, thanks to the new Chesapeake Conservancy camera. 

The camera gives a live feed a peregrine falcon nest located on the 33rd floor ledge of the Transamerica skyscraper at 100 Light St. in downtown Baltimore.

The falcon cameras comes after the nonprofit saw popularity with its osprey webcam, says Joel Dunn, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservancy.

“Our popular osprey cam had thousands of followers from all over the world. Now, we’re very excited to bring the wonder of these majestic peregrine falcons to the public,” Dunn said in a news release.

The camera also brings awareness to the species.

“Many people know Baltimore for our Ravens, but few realize that peregrine falcons have been living on the ledge of one of our most iconic skyscrapers for decades,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a release.

The birds of prey have been living near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for more than 35 years and prefer man-made structures for nesting. In addition to the 100 Light St. skyscraper, peregrine falcons have built nests on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Francis Scott Key Bridge and U.S. 301 Potomac River Bridge.

Click through the gallery above to see images of the falcon from the web camera.

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