The Falcon Cam that has fascinated armchair bird enthusiasts for the past nine years is back online for another season.

Since 2006, CBC Manitoba and the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project (Manitoba) have collaborated to provide Manitobans with the opportunity to observe a family of peregrines on the Falcon Cam as they nest and prepare to welcome their chicks.

This year's feed, which went live on May 11, records ‚Äčthe comings and goings of Princess and Smiley as they nest on a ledge on the east side of the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.

Smiley returned to Winnipeg on March 10, while Princess returned March 18. The pair began incubating their four eggs on April 18.

But the pair was forced to abandon their ledge nest after torrents of rain fell over Winnipeg May 17 and drowned their clutch of eggs.

About the parents

Princess was hatched in 2002 in Minneapolis, Minn. To date, Princess has raised 32 chicks at the Radisson, including two with Smiley last year.

Smiley was hatched in Grand Forks, N.D., in 2009. His mother, Terminator, is from Brandon.

Smiley has been coming to Winnipeg since 2010 but he became Princess's mate in 2014.

Follow updates on the falcon family's season with our live blog, and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #CBCFalconCam.


About the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project

Manitoba's Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project is a non-profit conservation organization that, since 1981, has been working to re-establish a self-sustaining population of wild peregrines in the province.

To date, it has been responsible for almost 300 young peregrines returning to the wild in Manitoba.

Peregrines from Manitoba, and their offspring, have returned to nest all across the Canadian Prairies and the U.S. Midwest.

For more information about Manitoba's Peregrines, please visit the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project website.