Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Peregrine Falcons Banded

Two Peregrine Falcon chicks will be banded today. The chicks were hatched at the Gulf Tower in downtown Pittsburgh. Peregrine Falcons are on the endangered species list in Pennsylvania. The birds had been on the national endangered species list until 1999. The peregrine falcon suffered losses in population because the pesticide DDT caused a thinning of their eggs that resulted in the crushing of their eggs during incubation. The birds will be banded and given a veterinary exam before being released back to their nest.

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