SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - If you're looking for a front row seat to nature, the folks in Springfield, Massachusetts have a treat for you.
A peregrine falcon nest was built on the 21st floor of the Monarch Place officer tower, and WSHM CBS 3 set up a live camera there on Tuesday -- after four eggs were found in it.
CBS3Springfield.com says the mother and father falcons have been taking turns sitting on the eggs since March, and wildlife experts expect the eggs to hatch any day now.
The birds became endangered in the United States after World War II, when use of the pesticide DDT nearly wiped them out -- because it caused them to lay eggs with deficient shells. The chemical was finally banned in 1972, but it wasn't until 1987 that active falcon nests were found in Boston.
"Since this bird was once on the endangered species list, it's a chance to see a little bit of nature up close and personal," CBS3 News Director David Ward told Masslive.com. "It's not that often that you can get or provide a front-row seat to nature like this."
Monarch Place architect Yu Sing Jung designed a nest made of Plexiglas -- to protect the eggs and chicks from falling over the edge.
Since flight begins between 42 and 45 days, you may want to keep checking back for a peek at the chicks as they grow.
Watch the video here: www.cbs3springfield.com/category/237759/cbs3springfield-now-livestream
Note: You may not be able to see the nest at night. In order to protect the falcons normal nesting habits, lights are not being used.
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