Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Peregrine Chicks Banded at 33 S. 6th Street in Minneapolis

 Four peregrine chicks – two males and two females - were banded at a site in downtown Minneapolis, which has had the names of Multifoods Center, City Center, and currently 33 S. 6th Street.   This site is historically very important to the Midwest peregrine falcon restoration project.  It was the first urban site to host a “hack box” of peregrine chicks, and the first Minnesota site since the 1960s to produce a wild-hatched peregrine that would fledge successfully.

In 1985, Dr. Harrison “Bud” Tordoff and Dr. Patrick T. Redig, co-founder of The Raptor Center, approached the building management team at 33 South 6th Street to inquire about putting a “hack box" (also known as a "release box") on the roof. This release box would house young captive-bred peregrine chicks that would be the start of a reintroduction of the species. 

Street view of 33 S. 6th Street.  The nest box is in
the top left corner.

You can see the nest box on the top left, near the first column.
One of the adults flew by. 

TRC staff provide leadership, technical advice, and administrative support for the Midwest Peregrine Society, which includes 13 Midwest states and two Canadian provinces.

Here is a video of peregrine chicks being banded, taken by the AHC, at a previous year's banding at this site.  

The history of the Midwest peregrine restoration project, as well as a searchable database for the public to look up individual birds, sites and states, is here.  

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