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May 25, 2007

Baby Peregrines Banded, Healthy

Highland, NY – Three baby peregrine chicks on the Mid-Hudson Bridge were awarded leg bands today by NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection Wildlife Expert Chris Nadareski.

Tagging a Falcon Chick

Nadareski, a wildlife biologist who bands birds throughout lower NYS, told Authority personnel that there are two females and one male chick – all healthy and active.

Falcon Chicks

Bridge Authority Chairman James Sproat said “The history of the Bridge Authority is one of partnership and civic responsibility for the Hudson Valley Community.  This effort to protect these magnificent birds is just another example of helping to make sure our region remains vibrant and a great place to live and work.”

The Bridge Authority also partners with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to make education about Peregrine Falcons easy.  A photo of the Mid-Hudson Bridge Peregrine Falcons, updated every 5 minutes, can be found on the DEC Animals web page at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/34268.html

Falcons

The following is from the DEC website “The Mid-Hudson Bridge is an ideal location for the falcons as there are plenty of pigeons and other birds in the area, and the height of the bridge provides an excellent lookout for hunting.

The male does much of the hunting once the young are born. He gives the food to the female and she feeds it to the young. When the young are old enough to eat on their own, the female joins the male in hunting to feed the fast-growing young.

Both parents can be seen fiercely defending their territory around the bridge from other birds. The female is the larger of the pair.”

Falcon Overlooking