All tagged up and ready to fly.
The four peregrine falcon children of Peace and Maltese, South Bend’s resident peregrine falcon power couple, were fitted for metal bands Wednesday.
The bands will help wildlife researchers track their progress and get valuable conservation data. The peregrine falcon population dropped dangerously low in the 1950s and 1960s and researchers are trying to ensure the species stays intact.
Naturalists are banding four peregrine falcon chicks, my upstairs neighbors at the County City Building. https://t.co/czwosQESda
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) June 7, 2017
Efforts to keep the falcons alive have worked so far, as they’re no longer on the endangered species list in Indiana and Illinois.
Peace and Maltese have been busy raising the four young birds atop the County-City building in South Bend. The birds will soon be ready to fly off on their own, but before they do, get a last look at them on the Falcam below: