SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Fifteen years after the cameras started rolling, PG&E announced on Saturday that its beloved Falcon’s Nest webcam was going to go dark after the sale of its headquarters at 77 Beale Street.
The building’s 33rd floor ledge has served as a successful nesting site for falcons since 1986, thanks to the work of the University of California at the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. Nearly 50 peregrine falcons have hatched in front of an international audience since the livestream launched in 2005.
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Dr Zeka Glucs, director of PBRG, said the live interactions gave the audience a deeper connection to falcon conservation efforts, which was essential for a breed that was on the verge of extinction in the 1970s.
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“This nest and this webcam is the first personal encounter with the peregrine falcons that I hear about when I tell people what I do for a living or give an educational presentation,” Glucs said in a statement. “Peregrine falcons are an iconic species, and these personal connections to the wildlife of the modern world help create a collective desire to be better stewards of our environment.”
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In addition to the webcam, PG&E has contributed $ 330,000 in shareholder funds to the research group and will continue to support them until at least 2022.