DNR biologists band a record 44 falcon chicks
July 12, 2013 12:22PM
Updated: July 12, 2013 11:24PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists say they’ve placed bands on a record 44 peregrine falcon chicks at 15 nesting sites this spring.
The new mark surpasses the previous record of 38 chicks in 2012.
DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife nongame bird biologist John Castrale says peregrine falcon numbers are at unprecedented levels because of the efforts of many agencies, organizations, companies and individuals. Nesting sites in East Chicago, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Madison, Michigan City and Whiting had four banded chicks each.
Peregrine falcons became endangered decades ago because of pesticides. Populations have recovered since the ban on DDT in the 1970s. A recommendation is pending to remove them from the Indiana list of endangered species.
Indiana started its peregrine falcon reintroduction project in 1991.