What flies at 390Km per hour down King Street?

Peregrine Falcon Nest on the CTV Tower, King Street W., Kitchener, opposite the Grand River Hospital

Cover Photo Credits: © 2016 Roger Suffling

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Waterloo Region Nature has a report on the 2019 peregrine nesting at the CTV tower: https://waterlooregionnature.ca/2019/09/19/peregrine-falcon-2019-report/ 

Introduction

EcoPost 8.1. Rare peregrine falcons nest on CTV’s communications tower. This fastest animal on Earth is here from April to July. It can dive on its prey at up to 390 Km/hour! If that’s unnerving, relax in the wildflower gardens in front of the Grand River Hospital and learn more about urban pigeons at this EcoPost.

Things To Do

Peregrines nest here from April to the end of June, and the youngsters are around after that. Use the “What To See Here” link to find a live web cam in season, to access other Peregrine resources and to see family pics.

Juvenile Peregrine are aerial “klutzes”! In nature, many die young. Thus the Canadian Peregrine Foundation and Waterloo Region Nature have a rescue crew here in May-June. If you see a stranded young falcon here, call 1 888 709 3944. Phone the same number to volunteer.

Take a break in the Grand River Hospital garden (outside the main entrance). This oasis is at its best from July to September. We have featured some of the plants in the “What To See Here” section. 

Rock pigeons (“City pigeons”) are here all year. They have some interesting courtship behaviours: Use the What To See Here button!

Where Next?
Find other EcoPosts in town or discover some neat places in Kitchener and at the University of Waterloo, Including The Museum, Joseph Schneider Haus and the Earth Sciences Museum.
Getting Here

Coordinates: 43.457285, -80.511039

There is no parking close to the site, and biking is difficult on King Street. Normally -There is limited on-street parking in this area on street sides and paid parking is available at the Grand River Hospital. Numerous bus routes serve this site.  It is situated at the Grand River Hospital Station on the Ion LRT route.
Maps and Trails
Not Applicable.
Accessibility
Sidewalks have ramps at intersections and at crosswalks.
Boating Not Applicable
Not pet-friendly
Not suitable for cycling
Contact Park
Not Applicable.
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