Woodmen Falcons Making Progress

Thursday was a big day for the peregrine falcons living atop the Woodmen Tower.

The chicks hatched just this month and they’re growing fast.

They got their first medical check-ups Thursday and had identification bands wrapped onto their legs. They’ll be ready to fly in just a few weeks.

Before long they’ll be grown up and hunting the pigeons downtown.

Joel Jorgensen, the Non-Game Bird Program Manager with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, said, “That is an added benefit. Common pigeons cause a lot of problems in cities with what they do, and peregrine falcons are more than happy to munch on pigeons. So it's a win-win."

The are two males and two females. The banding and check-ups were done as part of the kickoff for the Name the Falcon contest on Facebook.

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