3 peregrine falcon chicks banded at power plant

A 2015 showing a Consumers Energy employee holding a peregrine falcon chick. (Courtesy Consumers Energy)

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WOOD) — Three peregrine falcon chicks were banded at the Consumers Energy J.H. Campbell Generating Complex Thursday morning.

The three chicks included two boys and one girl.

Crews banded the falcons with a special device that is numbered and colored to keep track of the bird’s whereabouts and migratory patterns.

Since 1995, a nesting box has been placed on an emission stack 200-feet above ground at the complex in West Olive.

Officials with Consumers Energy told 24 Hour News 8 that the number of peregrine falcons has increased, but they are considered a threatened species at the federal level and an endangered species at the state level.

An estimated 30 peregrine chicks have hatched at the J.H. Campbell Generating Complex since 2004.

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