Banding event held for new falcon chick in South Bend

South Bend, Ind. A longtime fixture in Downtown South Bend is playing host to the newest "chick" in town.

Wednesday Indiana DNR officials banded the sole Peregrine Falcon chick born this year, to Guinevere and her new mate Zeus.

The birds have had a nesting box atop the county-city building since 2003, and have raised a brood there each year.

The band has an ID number that will provide information on the falcon after she leaves the nest, tracking things like her movement and survival.

And it's not just a local practice.

“This is part of a regional effort to study, track and monitor the restoration of Peregrine Falcons in the Midwest,” says John Castrale a nongame bird biologist for the Indiana DNR. “One of the, probably the best success stories in conservation, probably the best studied of any restoration effort in the world actually.”

Only one of the four eggs produced this spring actually hatched. While that's not extremely unusual, the DNR will be sending the three remaining eggs to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to try to figure out what may have caused it to happen.

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