Union County, NJ – March 30, 2022 — High up in their nest on the roof of the historic Union County Courthouse Tower in Elizabeth, two peregrine falcons are keeping watch over four new eggs. Union County residents and people all over the world can observe the falcons and watch the eggs hatch by tuning into the County’s free livestream Falcon Cam, at ucnj.org/falcon.
“The Falcon Cam has become a familiar rite of spring for Union County residents of all ages, and we are all looking forward to observing as the two parents raise their young and teach them to fly,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.
Union County has helped to preserve and protect peregrine falcons since 2006, when County personnel affixed a nesting box to the Courthouse Tower roof under the guidance of state wildlife experts.
The population of peregrine falcons in the U.S. was decimated by use of the pesticide DDT during the mid-20th century, and they vanished from New Jersey and other eastern states. They have been making a comeback in recent years, following an intensive preservation effort that began in the 1980’s.
For more news and updates from the Falcon Cam, visit Conserve Wildlife Foundation, at conservewildlifenj.org/education/uc-falconcam.
Quick links to all environmental programs and activities hosted by Union County are available at the Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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