Mt. Clemens, MI - Macomb County officials have relaunched its EarthCam to document a pair of peregrine falcons that are currently tending to three eggs in a nest on the northwest corner of the Old Macomb County Building in downtown Mount Clemens.
The camera provides a 24/7 video feed for members of the public interested in watching the nest and its potential hatchlings. The feed is accessible here.
“For more than a decade, the county has observed peregrine falcons at its facilities,” said County Executive Mark Hackel. “We are so pleased to see the birds return year after year and thrilled to share the live feed with the public. These animals are impressive and being able to see them in real time is remarkable.”
The peregrine falcon nesting on top of the county building is named Brookie Cookie, a bird which hatched in 2019 at the North Quad Tower at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is currently nesting with an unbanded mate.
In past years, when there have been successful hatchlings, Macomb County has held ceremonies to celebrate and band the baby birds with the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Detroit Zoo. This process was important, because in Michigan, peregrines are listed as an endangered species under state law and remain protected federally under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
EarthCam is a global network of owned and operated live streaming webcams built to transport people to interesting and unique locations around the world that may be difficult or impossible to experience in person. The EarthCam installed on the Old Macomb County Building was given to the county free of charge. Motor City Electric also donated installation, a service they have provided free of charge for the county’s Earth Cam for several years.