This grant will allow us to replace our aging camera equipment, which has been plagued with numerous technical issues since early this summer, as well as purchase a new computer for public presentatons, and help cover various costs related to veterinary services, bird rescue training, and Peregrine expert assistance.
A replica of the grant cheque was presented at the TD Canada Trust branch in Jackson Square, on 15 November 2017, to Falconwatch Senior Monitor Mike Street (right) by Maria Delio, Manager, Customer Service & Sales, and Natanael Paipa, Manager Financial Services, at the branch.
Based on these approximate laying dates, we may see little white balls of fluff around Mother's Day!
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Falcon Watchers are keeping a close eye on Lily and Ossie, looking for signs of when they lay their first egg.
We won't get to see all of them, but, as the birds move around, and turn the eggs, we will catch glimpses of them from time to time.
So far, Lily has not produced a clutch where all her eggs have hatched, but she has delayed laying this year until genuinely warm weather began, so we have high hopes for seeing a full nest this year!
Friday, April 28, 2017 - Volunteers needed in June/July for our on-street watch. You choose your own 2-hour shifts from the online listing of available volunteer shifts. All we ask is that you e-mail us to register, attend a (2 hour) orientation meeting (to be announced, on a weekday evening early in June), and please show up for your shift(s) (or let us know at least a day ahead of time if you need to cancel). Oh, and if you have binoculars, that would be good! Judging by the activity we have seen in the last few days, we think laying may have begun Saturday or Sunday.
To learn more, click the VOLUNTEER button above (the e-mail address is there, too! Based on Lily's past performance, we expect that by the end of the week there could be 4 or 5 eggs in the scrape.The photo at left shows Ossie, in the foreground, looking in on Lily, who is nestled down in the old scrape at the far end of the nest ledge (top right corner).It may look like she is buried in snow, but there is actually a sizable hole in the snow around her.The scrape is hidden from our camera view, in the corner of the nest ledge closest to the camera, so we won't see any eggs at first.We will have to guess what is happening from the birds' behavior.Last year Lily laid early, and lost some eggs due to cold weather. Hopefully tonight's forecast snow is the last of the season, and Lily starts laying, and we have a nice, large brood to watch this summer!