***PHOTO OPPORTUNITY***/ MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2012
PEREGRINE FALCON CHICKS TO BE BANDED AT LIBERTY BANK TOWER
Daniel and mystery mate have successful nesting season
DAYTON, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife will be banding peregrine falcon chicks at their nest site located at the Liberty Bank Tower in Dayton, on June 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
The city of Dayton has had peregrine falcons nesting downtown since 1992. In that time over 50 chicks have fledged. Partners in the peregrine monitoring project include ODNR Division of Wildlife, Glen Helen Raptor Center, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, and the Liberty Savings Bank Tower staff.
The male bird, presumed to be Daniel, hatched from the Cincinnati nest in 2005. Biologist will attempt to verify his bands but the female will remain a mystery. Wildlife officials will not be able to obtain any prior information about her due to the fact that she is unbanded. Together the pair started the season with a nest failure but re-nested quickly to successfully hatch two young.
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 .The nest can be viewed online at www.boonshoftmuseum.org . The site features live streaming video this year; and includes refreshed images and photo gallery.
Members of the news media only wishing to attend are requested to meet in the building’s lobby by 9:45 a.m. to be escorted to the banding site. The Liberty Savings Bank Tower is located at 120 W. Second St. in Dayton.
For Further Information Contact:
Kathy Garza-Behr, Division of Wildlife
Diana Malas, Division of Wildlife