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Falcons return to North Omaha Station

March 21, 2023 | Julie Wasson | environment, falcons, North Omaha
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Lewis and Clark together in their nest on Tuesday.

Lewis and Clark, OPPD’s resident peregrine falcons, are back.

They started showing up, one at a time, on the North Omaha Station falcon webcam a few weeks ago. This week observers have seen them together briefly in their nest.

Last year, Clark laid the first of four eggs on March 29. Two of the four chicks survived, sisters Thunder and Lightning.

Clark and Lewis were born in Lincoln in 2012. Clark was thought to be male when she was banded.

Observers believe Clark took up residence at the OPPD box in 2015, eventually settling down with a mate and hatching two chicks. 

Clark got a new nest in 2019. That’s when the webcam was added, and she began capturing the attention of raptor fans, along with her brother (and current mate), Lewis.

The pair had three chicks in 2020, daughters Storm and Flicker and son Flash. In 2021, they added four chicks to the family tree, three male falcons – Watt, Ohm and Ampere – and a female falcon, Volta. 

Peregrine falcons can lay up to four eggs each year. The eggs take about 33 days to hatch.

Long line of falcons

Lewis and Clark continue a large – and long – line of peregrine falcons who originated from a pair that lived at the State Capitol in Lincoln for several years.

You can keep up with the pair on their webcam. A Facebook group based in Lincoln follows the OPPD falcons, along with a single male recently spotted at the Capitol in Lincoln, a pair at the WoodmenLife Tower in downtown Omaha, and a pair at an Envergy power plant in Kansas.

OPPD also hosts a pair of osprey at Fort Calhoun Station. Last year the pair arrived in early April, so keep an eye on their webcam – they could make an appearance soon.

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About Julie Wasson

Julie Wasson is the brand journalism strategist at Omaha Public Power District and the editor of The Wire. She has more than 25 years of print journalism and social media experience, including two stints at the Omaha World-Herald.

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