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BWL Peregrine Falcon Chicks to be Banded

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6/13/2017 10:15:00 AM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light, in partnership with Potter Park Zoo, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will band three baby peregrine falcon chicks on Thursday, June 15 at 10am. The banding will take place in Conference Room C inside Eckert Power Station. Each bird will be weighed to determine sex, and they will also be named. The bands are color-coordinated and allow their migration patterns to be tracked. The babies were born to first time mom, Ella, who comes to the Lansing nest from Jackson, and first time dad, Tornado, who was born in Muskegon at the Consumers Energy B.C. Cobb Plant. Since 2004, the BWL has hosted a nesting site atop the Eckert Power Station for endangered peregrine falcons. To date, over 50 eggs have been laid. The peregrine falcon remains on Michigan’s endangered species list.

The peregrine falcon is renowned for its speed, reaching over 200mph during its characteristic hunting high speed dive, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom. The public can watch a live stream inside the falcon nest by clicking here.