Hundreds of feet above the Hudson River, a nest box installed on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge provides shelter for a pair of endangered peregrine falcons. These birds can scour for and dive after prey from this high vantage point.
Did you know?
- Peregrine means “wanderer.” These falcons migrate great distances, flying north or south as seasons change.
- Peregrine falcon chicks are called “eyases.”
- The peregrine falcon can reach speeds over 200 miles per hour in a controlled dive, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.
- Bony protrusions divert powerful airflow away from a falcon’s nostrils, allowing them to breathe during dives.
- A third, translucent eyelid known as a “nictitating membrane” keeps their eyes moist and clear from debris while maintaining their vision.
- Falcons generally establish a nest in February to raise their young before migrating south in the fall.
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