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DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 17, 2013) – Scorpio and P/D, a pair of nesting Peregrine falcons at MidAmerican Energy Company’s Davenport, Iowa, building, can once again be viewed online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through live streaming video.
Since 2003, Scorpio and P/D have raised more than a dozen young outside a 10th floor window at MidAmerican Energy’s 106 E. Second St. office. So far this year, there are four eggs in their nest. The eggs are expected to hatch in early May. Live video can be viewed on WQAD-TV’s website at http://wqad.com/falcon-cam.
This is the second year MidAmerican Energy has partnered with WQAD-TV to offer live video to the public. In previous years, MidAmerican Energy and WQAD-TV offered still images online of the falcons during nesting season.
After the eggs hatch, the falcons will be banded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources so the falcons’ progress can be monitored as they grow.
With the elimination of DDT in the early 1970s, Peregrine falcons have made a significant comeback; the birds have been removed from the federal endangered species list but remain on the endangered or threatened species list in some states, including South Dakota and Illinois.
Scorpio, the female, was released at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., as part of a wildlife recovery program, and P/D, the male, was released in Lansing, Iowa, as part of a program to reintroduce Peregrine falcons to the state. Bridge construction forced the pair from their original home on Centennial Bridge in Davenport, but when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources installed a nesting box at MidAmerican Energy’s building, the falcons immediately claimed it as their home.
MidAmerican Energy will issue weekly updates on the falcons’ progress via the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages, which can be accessed from MidAmerican Energy’s website at www.midamericanenergy.com.
Guided by its environmental RESPECT policy, MidAmerican Energy is dedicated to making sure natural resources and habitats are protected. The falcon program is just one aspect of the company’s commitment to protecting and respecting the environment for the benefit of future generations.
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 734,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.