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Associated Press, Published June 27 2009

One falcon chick dead in Fargo

One of Fargo’s three baby peregrine falcons has died, possibly while trying its first flight. In Grand Forks, meanwhile, zoo officials have banded three falcon chicks.

Fargo Judge Wick Corwin, an area falcon expert, says the dead bird was found Tuesday on the city’s Main Avenue. He says it may have been trying to fly.

The birds have been nesting atop a bank building.

In Grand Forks, three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in a nest box atop the city’s Smiley water tower were banded this week by experts from the Minnesota Audubon Society and the Minnesota Zoo. The chicks are about 3 weeks old – too young to fly.

The Minnesota society’s bird conservation director, Mark Martell, said Midwest peregrine numbers have been increasing since efforts to restore them began in the early 1980s. He said peregrines and other raptors were devastated by pesticides.

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