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PEREGRINE FALCON CHICKS TO BE BANDED AT SOUTHWEST OHIO NESTS
Nests at PNC Bank Building in Cincinnati and Zimmer Power Station in Moscow produce young
XENIA, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife biologist will be banding peregrine falcon chicks at their nest sites located at the PNC Bank building in Cincinnati and the Zimmer Power Station in Moscow on May 30, 2008. The PNC banding will take place at 10:00 a.m. and the Zimmer banding at 1:30p.m.
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 23 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.