ODNR to band falcon chicks hatched in downtown Cincinnati

Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife biologist will be banding peregrine falcon chicks at their nest site located at the PNC Bank building in Cincinnati.

The banding will take place at 10:30 a.m. on June 13, 2011.

The mother bird, Princess, and her new mate have produced two chicks at their downtown Cincinnati nest.  Princess, now 12 years old, was originally hatched at a site in Wisconsin.  She has spent each nesting season in Cincinnati, although not always at the same nest site.

Powerhouse, her mate since the 2006 season, has been replaced with Dwight. He's an Ohio bird hatched at the PNC nest in 2004.  

Division of Wildlife biologists will outfit the three week old peregrine falcon chicks with state and federal identification bands.  Additionally, blood samples are taken to monitor the genetics and possible contaminants in the birds.  

The Division of Wildlife has confirmed a total 39 nesting sites throughout Ohio.  Nesting locations include tall city buildings, bridges, steel manufacturing companies, grain processors, and power plants. 

For more information about peregrine falcons and nesting locations across the state, go to: http://ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/falcons/Default.aspx .

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