Peregrine falcon chicks born atop building

May 1, 2008 5:13:08 AM PDT

The newest members of the university community are three peregrine falcons that hatched Wednesday.

The National Aviary's director of conservation and field research, Todd Katzner, says that minutes after the white fluffy birds were born the two parents were in the nest, keeping the chicks warm as egg shells flew about.

The aviary has a camera trained on the university nest. Footage can be viewed online at www.aviary.org.

Peregrines became endangered decades ago due to the use of pesticides. A national recovery program, including a ban on dangerous pesticides, have helped the peregrine population recover.