Biologists band peregrine falcon chicks in Portland

Posted June 05, 2011, at 11:26 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Wildlife biologists are monitoring a pair of peregrine falcons and their chicks that are making their home on a bridge in Portland.

Staff with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with associates from the Biodiversity Research Institute and the Department of Transportation, have banded three peregrine falcon chicks in the nest where they hatched this spring.

This is the fourth year that biologists have visited the nesting site, which is considered unusual for how close it to human activity. The Biodiversity Research Institute has a live webcam on the nest allowing viewers to observe it through their computers.

Peregrine falcons are listed as endangered in Maine, with fewer than 30 pairs of nesting adults in the state.

 

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