Minnesotans are invited to watch a pair of peregrines as they raise their new family.

Live video from the nesting falcons in downtown St. Paul is now featured on the DNR website. The female has already laid four eggs and will incubate them for the next 30 or so days.

Last year, the pair laid and incubated three eggs, but none of the eggs hatched. A video camera was placed in a nesting box at the top of the Bremer building several years ago. Peregrines have been using the box and raising their young there since 1988, a year after the box was installed.

The peregrine camera was paid for by DNR’s nongame wildlife program, which is largely funded by donations, especially those made when Minnesotans file their state income and property taxes. The lines on the Minnesota income tax form and property tax form, marked with a drawing of a loon, give taxpayers the option to donate to the program, a feature often referred to as the “chickadee check-off.”

( from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources )