05/09/2013 04:20 pm ET

Falcon Camera: UMass Amherst Hosts Live Feed Of Peregrine Nest (VIDEO)

In the latest live camera feed, a peregrine falcon has nested, along with her young, on the roof of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

Launched earlier this week, the falcon camera shows the mother bird and her babies in the nest. At the time this story was published, three of the four eggs had hatched.

According to a statement released by the university, the falcon nest box was first installed in 2003.

"The new camera is a wonderful addition since it allows us to zoom in and out remotely in order to allow viewers to follow the action of the birds," Richard Nathhorst, capital project manager in Design and Construction Management, said in the statement. Nathhorst added that the camera also has sound.

The peregrine falcon, though once endangered, is currently classified as a species of "least concern" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. According to National Geographic, the falcon population rebounded thanks to bans on the use of chemical pesticides and breeding programs.

Other universities that have birds in residence have also taken up the trend of animal cams, streaming live feeds of the species in their habitats. New York University recently welcomed a baby hawk that hatched outside President John Sexton's 12th floor office on the school's hawk cam.

UMass Amherst's library is currently accepting donations to improve its live feed. Falcon fans can click over UMass Amherst's website to make a donation.



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