AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts is mourning the death of the Amherst campus’ most popular webcam star — a peregrine falcon.
The bird nested atop the 27-story W. E. B. Du Bois Library for 12 years and sired 34 chicks with the same mate.
The webcam captured the pair raising their chicks and was viewed by hundreds of thousands. In 2014 alone, there were 269,279 views.
The falcon was found injured last week in a snowbank near campus and died Wednesday while awaiting transport to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Biologist Tom French with the state wildlife department says the bird was 14, a ripe old age for a peregrine falcon.
French says the library nesting box will likely be occupied by a new falcon family this spring.
UMass falcon cam, http://www.library.umass.edu/falcons