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Peregrine Falcon Chicks To Banded Today At Central Terminal

Picture from 2010 @ Central Terminal

This afternoon at the Central Terminal the second set of Peregrine Falcon chicks will be banded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

A nest was built in 2009 at the Terminal and the first set of chicks appeared in 2010.

From the Central Terminal website:

Banding young Peregrine Falcons provides biologists with important information on the birds movements and survival, and is useful in understanding their year-round habitat needs. The banding process involves briefly removing the chicks from the nest when they are about three weeks old and gently placing a color coded metal band around one of their legs and an aluminum U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band on the opposite leg. These bands are uniquely lettered and numbered so that the birds can be identified and data can be collected on their movements, population, feeding habits and survival. After banding, the birds are immediately returned to their nest and the care of their parent birds.

To find out more about today’s banding, click here—>

Polish Falcons at the Central Terminal

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Over the last month, a lot of attention has been on the peregrine falcon nest at the University at Buffalo’s south campus.

The Central Terminal issued a press release yesterday announcing that B-F’s treasured landmark is also the home to a family of peregrine falcons.  A nesting box was built at the Terminal last fall after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) asked the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation if they would be interested in hosting one. The request was prompted by the DEC because they and local bird watchers observed peregrines in the area around the Terminal last year.

The adult peregrines who nested at Terminal are responsible for five hatched offspring. The DEC was at the the Terminal yesterday as well to band the chicks enabling them to track the falcons and learn more about their habitat needs. The chicks were named…one female was named POLONIA, two males were named STAS & DYNGUS. (Names of the other two are unknown at this time.) Because the Terminal is located in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia, it was announced these will be affectionately known “Polish Falcons.”

So now we have some honest-to-goodness Polish Falcons in the neighborhood!


(HT Marty Biniasz and for the photos)