WSU Peregrine Falcons
Down falcon? 𓅃
Wayne State's Old Main building has been home to a bonded pair of peregrine falcons since 2016. Our Falcon Cam allows researchers and the public alike to monitor these fascinating birds of prey 24 hours a day. Follow for updates on Instagram and our Warrior Wildlife blog.
Join the team
WSU researchers need your help to collect data! If you see something interesting (chicks fledging the nest, etc.) near Old Main or on the stream, let us know by using #WSUFalcons on Twitter, Instagram @WSUFalcons or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bird's eye view
Wayne State University's new female peregrine falcon is Lillie, and she has Detroit roots!
Date Location Parents Offspring 2018 Port Washington, WI Beasley (m) and Brinn (f) Lillie (f) 𓅃 2014 Milwaukee, WI Lightning (m) and Tahoe (f) Beasley (m) 2012 Oak Creek, WI Eclipse (f) and Scott (m) Lightning (m) 2009 Columbus, OH Orville (m, 2003) and Scout (f, 2005) Eclipse (f) 2005 Detroit Fischer Bldg. Alpha (f) and Maumee (m) Scout (f) 2003 Dayton, OH Snowball (f) and Mercury (m) Orville (m) 2000 Cleveland, OH Clearpath (f) and Wizard (m) Snowball (f) 1997 Detroit Book Bldg. Pop (m) and Judy (f) Clearpath (f)
m = male, f = female
Wayne State falcon history
Date Falcon Origin 03-30-2023 Lillie Port Washington, WI 12-30-2020 Aura Toledo, OH 2016 Isabella Berea, KY
- News and media
- Wayne State Peregrine Falcons wrap up 2023 nesting season with rescue from an unlikely hero
- Fox 2 News: Baby peregrine falcon that nested on Wayne State tower to be released
- Weather Channel Falcon Cam shoutout
- Wayne State Peregrine Falcons wrap up a record (and dramatic) season
- Falcon Live Chat with biologist Michelle Serryn (YouTube)
- Wayne State releases peregrine falcon back into the wild
- Falcon Live Chat with biologist and the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
- Next Generation: Meet WSU's new Peregrine Falcons
- Falcons on Old Main become overnight film stars
- Falcon Cam helps WSU biology research soar to new heights
- Fox 2 News: Family of falcons nest at Wayne State University
- 2023 season
Falcon Cam conception
With this new video stream, WSU researchers will now be able to collect and share data on the whole brood, year after year. "This camera is going to be our eyes and ears when it comes to keeping tabs on the peregrines," says Michelle Serreyn, a two-time CLAS alumna and lab coordinator in the biology department. "Not only to monitor their behavior but if something happens to one of the chicks, if one of them gets sick, now we'll be able to help." Anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch the birds, day or night, and assist with data collection.