Falcon chicks banded and ready for the world

This file photo shows Falcon chicks banded in downtown Dayton in 2014. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)
This file photo shows Falcon chicks banded in downtown Dayton in 2014. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It is a rite of spring in which few cities can participate, but Dayton is home to a pair of peregrine falcons.

And, that means the annual tagging of the new falcon chicks.

Their nest site is on top of the Liberty Bank Tower downtown.

An unknown pair successfully raised three chicks this year and you can imagine how loud their screeches were when Division of Wildlife biologists banded them for identification.

The chicks are three weeks old.

Peregrine falcons have nested downtown since 1992. More than 50 chicks can call Dayton their hometown, the place where they learned to fly, catch food and move on to make their own families.

Ohio’s peregrine falcon program is supported by the state income tax check-off program, donations and sales of cardinal license plates.

If you would like to donate, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources online.

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