FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2012
Peregrine Falcon Chicks to be Banded at Duke Energy's Miami Fort Station
NORTH BEND, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife will be banding peregrine falcon chicks at their nest site located at the Miami Fort Station near North Bend, on May 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
The Miami Fort Station has had peregrine nesting activity since 1998. Neither of the adults at the site is banded, their origin remains unknown. Together the mystery pair has produced three young this season.
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 36 nesting sites throughout Ohio. Nesting locations include tall city buildings, bridges, steel manufacturing companies, grain processors, and power plants.
Ohio’s peregrine falcon program is supported by the state income tax check-off program, donations to the Wildlife Diversity & Endangered Species Fund, and sales of the cardinal license plate. Donations can also be made via the Internet at ohiodnr.com/wildlife. License plates may be purchased from local deputy registrars or by calling 1-888-PLATES3. Matching federal funds are provided through the State Wildlife Grant program for this project and other wildlife diversity efforts of the Division of Wildlife that target species of greatest conservation need.
For more information about peregrine falcons and nesting locations across the state, go to: http://ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/falcons/Default.aspx .
This event is media only- To attend contact Diana Malas, ODNR Division of Wildlife [937-372-9261] or email@example.com no later than May 9th. Those who RSVP will be placed on the security gate list for entry into the plant. Only those on the security list will be allowed entrance to the site. The Miami Station is located at 11021 Brower Road. North Bend, OH 45052
For Further Information Contact:
Kathy Garza-Behr, Division of Wildlife
Diana Malas, Division of Wildlife