A Teacher Training workshop, “Falcon Cam in the Classroom” was held for Union County Teachers K-8 last week at Trailside Nature & Science Center. Stephanie DAlessio, Director of Education for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation provided K-8th grade school teachers with the opportunity to learn how to use the UC Falcon Web Cam in the classroom to teach about the ecology and adaptations of the falcon. Special guest Bill Streeter, Director of Delaware Valley Raptor Center, brought live birds such as the peregrine falcon to demonstrate predatory prey relationships, wildlife rehabilitation and issues facing avian wildlife.
The program was made possible by a grant from Phillips 66. The Union County Falcon Cam provides a live stream of the action in and around a peregrine falcon nest located on the roof of the Union County Courthouse in midtown Elizabeth. The Falcon Cam is a wonderful opportunity to observe and study one of nature’s most fierce and fascinating creatures. They are known for their rapid dives, which can approach an astounding 200 miles an hour as they move in on their prey. Peregrine falcons are listed as an endangered species in NJ and Union County has been part of ongoing efforts to ensure the survival of these remarkable birds statewide.
The live feed helps build an appreciation for the role that we can all play in preserving our natural heritage, both in our parks and in the urban environment. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ is Union County’s official partner for educational programming related to falcons and the Falcon Cam. Pictured above with Bill Streeter and Sophia the live peregrine is Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, Stephanie DAlessio, Mary Phillips of Phillips 66 / Bayway Refinery and teachers from Union County public schools.