The first Peregrine falcon chick has hatched at a nesting box at Ameren Missouri's Sioux Energy Center. In partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and World Bird Sanctuary (WBS), Ameren Missouri invites bird lovers to tune in and watch an online webcam to witness the chicks hatch. The female will remain at the nest for the first ten days to keep the chicks warm and protect them from predators. The male falcon will be the sole provider spending his time hunting for prey to feed his new family.
Ameren Missouri, WBS and the MDC are celebrating the fifth season of providing a live camera feed of these endangered birds. Over the past four seasons, bird lovers have been able to watch an adult pair of falcons raise 17 falcon chicks. In 2015, the live stream was viewed more than 80,000 times and peaked at nearly 2,000 views per day in early April and May when the eggs were laid and the chicks hatched.
As an interactive function of the website, officials from the WBS provide commentary and answer viewer questions online about what’s happening in the nest. Catch all the action live from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. (CDT), seven days a week at AmerenMissouri.com/FalconWatch until nesting activity is complete and the mother’s young have left the nest.
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities including the greater St. Louis area. For more information please visit AmerenMissouri.com or follow Ameren Missouri on Facebook or Twitter.