Cameras to be installed on peregrine falcon nesting boxes

HANCOCK – If all goes as planned, bird watchers and interested others will be able to watch the growth of baby peregrine falcons, thanks to the Hancock City Council.

Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson said the members of Copper Country Audubon want to install web cameras next to the two nesting boxes installed on each of the towers of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

“They had approached the Michigan Department of Transportation about putting one or two small cameras on the towers,” Anderson said.

However, MDOT officials required either Hancock or Houghton city officials to make the application, so at their Dec. 18 regular meeting, members of the city council voted to be the applicant for permission to mount the cameras.

Although some falcons were on the tower last summer, Anderson said there is no guarantee more will return this spring or that there will be mating pairs.

The cameras will be installed in the spring by pasty.net, Anderson said, and the nesting boxes can be viewed on that website.