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For Immediate Release
June 1, 2011

Falcons on Mid-Hudson Bridge Have Names - New Falcon Video Posted

Highland, NY – Say hello to Hudson, Franklin and Eleanor – the three Peregrine Falcon chicks on the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

“The videos have received hundreds of views and interest in our newest residents is always a big event,” said Bridge Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero. 

The names were the most often submitted in a Facebook poll conducted by the Bridge Authority over the last few weeks and a tribute to the bridge’s namesake, Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor.

The Falcons are the 39th, 40th and 41st Peregrines fledged in the past 15 years and recently received leg bands that help identify them to researchers.  The birds also received a check-up and a clean bill of health.

Once the Falcons shed their downy white feathers and their mature feathers grow in they will begin to learn how to fly, hunt and survive on their own.

The Bridge Authority hosts nesting boxes on each of its five Hudson River bridges.  The boxes were installed in the late 1980’s as part of an effort to re-establish the Peregrine in the Hudson Valley.  Peregrine Falcons are listed as an endangered species.

Fans can see new video of the Hudson, Franklin & Eleanor on YouTube at http://youtu.be/GbqxuYAsnn8.  Fans can also search YouTube for “Falcon Feeding Chicks 2011” for previous postings. 

The name Peregrine means “wanderer,” and northern-nesting Peregrines are among North America’s long-distance migratory species, traveling as much as 10,000 miles a year.  Peregrines mate for life and usually return to the same nesting spot each year. 

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird on the planet.  In a hunting dive, the Peregrine will soar to heights of a half mile or more, then dive at speeds in excess of 200mph.  The top speed recorded for a Peregrine dive is 242.3mph.

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