12 February 2021
Yesterday Game Wardens Madison Kyle and Dan Puhala of the PA Game Commission (PGC) installed a new peregrine falcon nestbox at the Gulf Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Getting to this point was a group effort. PGC’s Peregrine Falcon Coordinator Art McMorris, with years of experience installing nestboxes, coordinated the fast-tracked project remotely from Philadelphia, bringing together Dan Hosier of the National Aviary (he built the nestbox), Ann Hohn of Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV (offices next to the peregrine ledge), Allison Guidish of Rugby Realty (Gulf Tower management), and Game Warden Dan Puhala.
It all came together on Thursday 11 February 2021 after Tuesday’s snow delay.
The nest ledge is small so Madison did the on-ledge work while Dan took pictures.
Thumbs up! Thanks to all for a successful install.
The next step is to restart the National Aviary’s Gulf Tower falconcam. A lot has changed since it was shut off two years ago so this group effort is going to take a while. Please be patient. As soon the falconcam is running both the National Aviary and I will let you know. Stay tuned.
p.s. I played a part, too. As the lead volunteer peregrine monitor in southwestern PA I periodically checked the Gulf Tower roof project and kept Art informed on its progress, providing local contacts and filling in the odds and ends. Perhaps you remember my plea on Pittsburgh Falconuts for help with the gravel and cinder blocks. I bought them online and Dan picked them up in his truck.
(photos by Game Wardens Dan Puhala and Madison Kyle of the PA Game Commission)