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Baby peregrine falcons banded in downtown La Crosse

Peregrine falcon chicks banded

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Wildlife experts in La Crosse had their hands full Thursday with some very vocal youngsters.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Raptor Resource Center banded four baby Peregrine Falcons Thursday morning.

The falcon chicks were pulled from their perch on top of La Crosse's U.S. Bank building where a nest box was installed to draw the birds back to our area.

The banding not only helps them track the peregrine falcons, but also serves as a check-up for the new members of the population.

"We check them for health, I mean, they can have parasites and other things on them, so each year we check them for just visual appearance, and they definitely had healthy vocal chords, we could tell that," said the Executive Director of the Raptor Resource Center John Howe.

The Raptor Resource Center also gave the new falcons names. The three females are being called Eleanor, Amber and Zazzles, and a male named Perry.


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