DNR Visits Peregrine Falcon Nests
It‘s a kind of baptism for the newest arrivals in Indiana‘s peregrine falcon reintroduction program. Bird biologist John Castrale with the DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife says 16 nests have produced hatchlings this year in East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Porter and Whiting…as well as in Indy, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Madison and New Albany.
Now that the birds are about three weeks old, Castrale‘s been traveling to those cities to fasten I-D bands on their legs. The bands enable biologists to monitor where the birds settle, how long they live, and genetic similarities with previously banded falcons.
Castrale says the steady growth may lead to the falcons‘ removal from Indiana‘s endangered species list. The birds were removed from the federal endangered list in 1999.