Falcons


What is it About Falcons?

This is the “wait and see” phase of the falcon season – that 30 or so day period during incubation where we only see the falcons sit on the nest. And yet we tune in to the falcon cam. Why?

What’s so fascinating?

The Atlanta Falcons. The Falcon super hero. Even Saturday Night Live had The Falconer.

Falconry is a serious hobby for some – it dates back to at least 2200 BC, if not farther.

What inspires such loyalty and fandom?

  • Falcons are fast. They’ve been clocked at 242 miles per hour!
  • Peregrine falcons are nearly everywhere. They’re found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Peregrine falcons are strikingly beautiful. They are one of the largest falcons, with long, pointed wings and a long tail. Adults are blue-gray above with barred underparts and a dark head with thick sideburns. Juveniles are heavily marked, with vertical streaks instead of horizontal bars on the breast.
  • Read more fun falcon facts from the Smithsonian.

What draws you to the falcons?

Angie Hempel

Angie has been a writer and editor at WoodmenLife since 2003. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Omaha Council Bluffs Metro Chapter and the Public Relations Society of America Nebraska Chapter, and serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. She mentors a Little Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteers with organizations like the Nebraska Writers Collective and Meals on Wheels. She was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Jaycees in 2012. She and her husband Michael love to cook, travel and chase after their baby boy Corbin, Jack Russell Terrier Sadie and parakeet Larry.

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