***PHOTO OPPORTUNITY***/ MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2012
Peregrine Falcon Chicks to be Banded at 4TH and Vine Tower
Princess and Dwight produce three young
CINCINNATI, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife biologist will be banding peregrine falcon chicks at their nest site located at the 4th and Vine Tower building in Cincinnati June 4, 2012. The banding will take place at 10:30 a.m.
Princess and her mate have produced three chicks at their downtown Cincinnati nest. Princess now 13 years old was originally hatched at the Busch Agricultural Complex in Manitowac County, Wisconsin. She has spent each nesting season in Cincinnati, although not always at the same nest site. Dwight her mate since the 2011 season is an Ohio bird hatched at the tower nest in 2004.
Division of Wildlife biologists will outfit the three week old peregrine falcon chicks with state and federal identification bands.
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 .
Members of the news media wishing to attend the banding are requested to meet in the building’s lobby at 10:00 a.m. to be escorted to the banding site. The 4th and Vine Tower is located at 1 W. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Kathy Garza-Behr, Division of Wildlife
Diana Malas, Division of Wildlife