Posted by: bwoof | May 31, 2010

Peregrine banding day is tomorrow

This plog is dedicated to and inspired by the Peregrine Falcons who have for 16 years nested in Hamilton high above the Sheraton Hotel. At this time of year I always pay extra attention to the news from the ‘ledge’ and today is even more important.

You see, the peregrine watchers are prepping for a big day tomorrow, the day when the chicks are hand-plucked from their home into the care of a mountain climber and then the Ministry of Natural Resources people. The as yet unnamed and gender-unknown chick will receive a quick medical check, have some DNA samples retrieved, and will be weighed.

The bigger chicks will be deemed female and the smaller ones are males. This year, based on video evidence so far, it’s looking like three of the four chicks are female. But time will tell.

So, look online tomorrow morning, possibly around 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. EST and if you see a strange sight (a man in the ledge!), don’t panic. It’s all good and normal…and exciting.

First flights will happen within the month!

Grateful for:

  • Sebastian
  • The Salvation Army day program for seniors

Curious about:

  • how to engage teen learners
  • how to teach reading to a teen
  • how to make learning interesting on a hot sunny beautiful day
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