Pittsburgh Area Live Raptor Nest Cams

Go Bird Watching on the National Aviary's Nest Cam Pages! 

Watching birds up-close, whether at the National Aviary or in your own backyard, is an engaging and educational experience for all ages that inspires respect for nature.  Internet-connected video cameras trained on geographically distant or otherwise inaccessible bird nests (i.e., nest cams) enable people from all around the world to have a shared experience observing, studying, and appreciating birds.  For example, you can...


Thanks to cooperation from the PA Game Commission, generous donations from lots of self-described "Pittsburgh Falconuts," security camera specialist M&P Security Solutions, and computer networking expert, retired WQED IT specialist, Kate St. John, who writes a bird-watching blog called Outside My Window, the National Aviary is able to provide you with the opportunity to watch a Pittsburgh area Peregrine Falcon nest. 

The nest is located on the 39th floor of the Cathedral of Learning on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. 

(Click on the image below to view the Pitt Falcon cam; NOTE: the Gulf Building nest cam has been temporarily disconnected and that nesting box removed in order to accommodate important repairs to the exterior of the Gulf building.)

Importantly, as we have learned from previous experience, just because we can observe what happens in these nests does not mean we can control the outcome.  Like all wild birds, nesting falcons daily face the challenges of weather, predation, food availability, interference from other species, and more—successful nesting is never guaranteed.  Still, we believe that the opportunity to watch the nesting attempts of wild Peregrine Falcons in an urban setting is a privilege that is inspiring and educational for all ages!

Note: The Peregrine Falcon nesting season usually begins about mid-March; eggs will hatch in mid-to-late April; and any surviving young will fledge about 45 days later.

Bookmark this page and come back often to see what’s happening with Pittsburgh’s Peregrines!