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A working partnership in Missouri for peregrine falcons

Cara J

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its peregrine falcon program enjoyed an active spring. USDA’s Wildlife Services (WS) has appreciated the opportunity to participate with many partners across Missouri with this project, which aids recovery of the state-endangered bird. A young male peregrine became trapped inside an office building in downtown Kansas City on July 6. The newly fledged chick was rescued by two WS staff and taken to Joe DeBold, MDC Urban Wildlife Biologist and TWS member, for banding. The MDC took advantage of this unique opportunity to band a bird from that nest, as it is inaccessible to the local biologists. The bird came from a late-nesting pair of peregrines using a ledge at the Commerce Tower building, the original hacking site during the early 90’s. After examination at Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, the uninjured falcon was released atop the same building to be with his sister and father. Stone-covered, flat roofs and concrete window sills on tall structures substitute for the natural cliffs the birds traditionally use, with urban pigeons and starlings becoming their prey. In addition to Commerce Tower, five other Kansas City nests produced a total of 18 young this spring. An old [...]


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