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A brown falcon soaring through the clear blue sky.

Meet The River Hawks

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Peregrine falcons are the world’s fastest birds, capable of diving from great heights at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. These majestic raptors tend to nest on rocky cliffs as well as on tall buildings and structures in heavily urbanized areas.

Since 2007, a pair of peregrine falcons has called UMass Lowell’s East Campus home. As of spring 2015, they have successfully hatched and raised a total of 20 chicks in a pair of gravel-filled wooden nest boxes mounted on the roof of 18-story Fox Hall.

Falcon banding behind the scenes - June 2, 2015.
Watch as an upset Merri arrives as her four chicks are returned to the nest box after being banded by state wildlife officials.
Exterior camera view of the four falcon chicks being returned to the nest box.
The four falcon chicks are removed from the nest box in order to be banded by state wildlife officials.
Watch from outside the next box as the four falcon chicks are removed in order to be banded.
Merri Keeping Her First Egg Warm - April 1, 2015
Merri Lays A Second Egg - April 1, 2015