The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife will be banding peregrine falcon chicks at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, in Port Clinton at the Ottawa County Courthouse.
Division of Wildlife biologists will outfit the three week old peregrine falcon chicks with state and federal identification bands.
In Ohio peregrines are a threatened species. Recovery efforts and use of man-made structures for nesting have allowed falcons to breed in Ohio since the late 1980s. Ohio’s peregrine falcon population grew steadily through the 1990s. In 2013 the Ohio Division of Wildlife monitored 31 territorial peregrine falcon pairs across the state; of those we banded 27 juveniles at 9 sites.
Ohio’s peregrine falcon program is supported by the state income tax check-off program, donations to the Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Fund, and sales of cardinal license plates. Donations can also be made via the Internet at wildohio.com. License plates may be purchased from local deputy registrars or by calling 1-888-PLATES3. Matching federal funds are provided through the State Wildlife Grant program for this project and other wildlife diversity efforts of the Division of Wildlife that target species of greatest conservation need.
For more information about peregrine falcons and nesting locations across the state, go to: wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/wildlife-watching/falcon-cam