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Peregrine falcons nesting on iconic water tower at Detroit Zoo


A rare cliff-nesting bird species has taken up residence on the water tower at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. One of the most visible landmarks in the region, the tower is once again home to a pair of peregrine falcons. The male peregrine falcon on the water tower, identified as Justice, hatched in 2012 at the Jackson County Tower Building. He originally paired with an unbanded female, and they hatched eight chicks. Last year, Justice took up with a new female, named KJ, who was hatched at the Racine County Courthouse in Wisconsin in 2016. Thank you to the Michigan DNR for helping us with the nest box design, and also to Metro Wireless and Spiritech for helping with the network and camera setup.

*Note: The falcons sometimes perch outside the camera’s range and may not be visible at all times.