Falcon Chicks Banded in Youngstown

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The Ohio Division of Wildlife banded three new Peregrine falcon chicks Wednesday that are sitting atop of Youngstown’s International Towers.

The chicks were born May 2 to adults “Sammy” and “Strike.”

There are 17 active Peregrine nests in northeast Ohio. Youngstown’s is the only one in Mahoning County.

They remain a threatened species in the state of Ohio.

Wildlife agents said banding the chicks will provide them with valuable information.

“We’ll be able to track them to other states. A lot of our birds disperse to other states here in the United States,” said Laura Graber, Ohio Division of Wildlife. “This way we know where they go and their survival rates, how good are they surviving once they leave here.”

Division of Wildlife officials said the falcons are one of the fastest animals on the planet reaching speeds of 200 miles per hours when tracking their prey.

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