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Three Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded in Fargo

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Audubon Dakota and supporters of the Fargo Falcon Project are excited to announce Fargo's Peregrine Falcons are nesting again atop the Bank of the West building in downtown. The falcons returned to this popular nesting spot at the end of March to lay their eggs, which hatched over the Memorial Day weekend.

The three chicks, also known as eyasses, are now growing in the nest under the watchful eye of their parents Miracle and Annie, as well as the public via the popular FalconCam.

"Having the ability to watch these chicks grow and develop, as  well as their interactions with the adults, is pretty amazing," says 
Ben Williams from Audubon Dakota. "It's a great tool for educating people about raptor ecology and the importance of conservation." 

Audubon Dakota and Bank of the West hosted the public banding event on Tuesday morning. Scientists placed bands on the falcons, which will be used to help track the movements and habits of the individual birds once they leave the nest to migrate south this fall. The scientists also talked about the importance of banding and how it's working to keep the Peregrine Falcon population healthy and on the rise. 

"The bank has watched the Peregrine Falcons raise 36 youngsters since their first nest here in 2001," said Scott Green, Branch Area Manager at Bank of the West. "We are delighted and honored to host the Falcons again this year." 

If you want to check out the FalconCam, head to www.fargofalcons.com.
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