Out & About: Morrison Knudsen Nature Center anniversary sale; falcon nest webcam is live

MK’s anniversary, native plant sale April 25

The public is invited to the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center’s 25th Anniversary Festival and Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 25.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include live music, food and drink, fun and educational games, crafts and plenty of opportunities to learn about Idaho’s diverse plants and animals. Live bird presentations will be held hourly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Educational games and activities will cost $1 to $2 each, with discount savings on multiple ticket purchases.

The plant sale will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature several new species of native plants with plenty of time to browse. Native plant experts will be available to help you select plants for your yard’s particular conditions.

Peregrine falcon nest webcam live in Boise

The daily life of a wild peregrine falcon family in Downtown Boise is once again on view via a web camera in the nest box. This is the seventh year the webcam has provided a bird’s eye view of the daily activities of the nest on the 14th floor of One Capital Center, 10th and Main streets. The webcam is available at peregrinefund.org/webcam-peregrine.

This year, the camera was started April 6 with four eggs already in the nest. Both parents have been observed incubating and taking care of eggs.

Since 2003, breeding peregrine falcons have used the nest on the building that simulates the high, steep cliffs the falcons use in the wild. When in a dive, peregrine falcons are the fastest members of the animal kingdom, reaching speeds as high as 200 miles per hour. They use that speed to prey on other birds. Downtown Boise provides a plentiful supply of pigeons, mourning doves, starlings and other species.

Once an endangered species, the peregrine falcon was restored through the release of captive-bred young by The Peregrine Fund. It was removed from the endangered species list in 1999, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and individual states continue to monitor peregrine population numbers. In 2009, Idaho removed the falcon from its list of state threatened species.

Like all birds of prey, the falcons remain protected by state and federal law.