Peregrine Watch

For years, Bob Walters, former watchable wildlife coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, coordinated a Peregrine Watch that he called “HellWeek” for the Peregrine Falcons that took up house in the nest box on the Church building downtown. HellWeek involves 2 to 3 weeks during the hot month of July, when the nestlings fledge. Bob assembles a team of volunteers to watch, during daylight hours, for practice flights through the city buildings and for potential crashes and other mishaps. If these occur, the volunteers swoop down to retrieve the bird and return it to the nest.

A number of years ago, the pair that was nesting downtown chose to move their nest site to City Creek, and thus the Peregrine Watch came to a temporary close. This year, however, a pair took up house in a nest box located on the north side of a building in the Intermountain Medical Center Complex at 5300 South and State. And the Peregrine Watch was resurrected!

 

Here's an article Bob wrote about this year’s experience:

2020 IMC PEREGRINE FALCON WATCHPOST/RESCUE TEAM HELLWEEK SAGA 

Also, for a blow-by-blow description of the high drama that unfolded over the weeks, be sure to check out:

PEREGRINE WATCH HIGHLIGHTS

 

Photo credit: Tom Becker, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources