May 19, 2022, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Welcome! FalConference 2022 is a half-day virtual conference where the community is invited to join the Du Bois Falcon team and their collaborators on- and off-campus as they discuss all things peregrine.
Registration: Register here. The event is free and open to the public. If the event reaches capacity, registrants will be directed to a link to view the event livestreamed on YouTube.
About the Du Bois Falcons: Peregrine falcons have successfully nested on the roof of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst since 2003. A live web camera was installed atop the Library in 2012, made possible by the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT), the Libraries' Systems and Web Management Department, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), and the generous donors to the Du Bois Falcons Fund.
This year, a new nest box was installed on the Library roof to offer better weather protection for the falcons and their eggs; however, due to supply shortages, the box installation was delayed, and the falcons chose to nest in an old nest box on the adjacent Thompson Hall. Secondary cameras were set up to monitor their new nest. Viewers can stream the webcam from the Library website and follow the falcons on Twitter at @DuBoisFalcons.
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife: The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy. MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) focuses on conserving rare species and their habitats throughout Massachusetts. More than 400 plants and animals are listed under on the MA Endangered Species Act. These species play an important role in keeping all of the Commonwealth's natural communities diverse and thriving. Learn about NHESP’s rare species success stories and ways you can help endangered species.
Support the Falcons: The Du Bois Falcons Fund supports new equipment (high-definition cameras, etc.), hardware, and software for the falcon cam, and offsets the cost of livestreaming video for bird watchers around the globe.