Lone Peregrine Falcon Chick To Be Banded At Terminal Tower
Watch the banding take place online at www.falconcam-cmnh.org
CLEVELAND,OH – Wildlife biologists from the ODNR Division of Wildlife will be examining one peregrine falcon chick and placing identifying metal bands on its legs on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
One chick began hatching on April 19th. Three other eggs failed to hatch chicks successfully. The falcon parents are Boomer (male) and S/W (female).
There are currently 36 territorial sites of peregrine falcon pairs being monitored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, 19 of which are in northeast Ohio and 10 in Cuyahoga County specifically.
Banding events not only allow wildlife experts to examine the chicks but also to obtain blood samples for DNA fingerprinting. The leg bands act like social security numbers, providing very valuable information. The ability to identify each bird helps keep the Division of Wildlife as well as the public informed about their history, movement, and migration routes.
To watch the banding take place minute-by-minute, go to www.falconcam-cmnh.org The “Falconcam” is managed by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to provide educational and research opportunities for falcon enthusiasts around the world.
Because of nesting success in Ohio and across the nation, the peregrine falcon was removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999; it is listed as threatened in Ohio, downgraded from state endangered in 2008.