DNR successfully bands falcon chicks

Peregrine falcon chicks that were banded atop the Kent County Courthouse. (June 6, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Department of Natural Resources has successfully banded two peregrine falcon chicks living on top of the Kent County Courthouse in downtown Grand Rapids.

The banding helps the DNR keep track of the birds’ movement around the Midwest as well as their survival rates.

The falcon chicks, believed to be about 25 days old, received two bands Friday morning: a small aluminum band from the Federal Migratory Bird Laboratory and a color band.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Nik Kalejs said the aluminum band is very difficult to read unless the bird is in your hand, but the color band could be read with a spotted scope.

The Peregrine Falcon spotted on WOOD TV’s skycam atop the River House Condos in Grand Rapids on Wednesday and Thursday is one of only two falcons in the metro Grand Rapids area, according to the DNR.

“They’re definitely going to be defending their nest site,” Kalejs said. “At times, they can be pretty aggressive.”

24 Hour News 8 had a crew on top of the courthouse to watch firsthand as the falcon chicks were banded. Get the full story on 24 Hour News 8 at 5.

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