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Peregrine falcon program tracks birds at Mayo Clinic

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  Peregrine falcons are making a comeback in Minnesota -- and we have proof.

On the roof of Mayo Clinic's Mayo Building at noon Monday, two women from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center grabbed the four young falcon chicks from their nest.

The young falcons screamed in protest as they were given their ID bands.

The Peregrine Falcon Project was launched in 1987 to learn how long the falcons live, what they eat and where they migrate.

Jackie Fallon, director of the Midwest Peregrine Falcon Program, said it's important to band the birds at an early age.

"It's mainly to make sure the chicks are old enough to know what sex they are, the legs are long enough so we can accurately band them with our two federal auxiliary marker band but also make sure they aren't too old enough so that they become mobile enough to maybe try and leave the nest box prematurely," Fallon said.

Each year, Mayo Clinic patients and visitors are asked to suggest names for the falcon chicks. There were four birds this year and volunteers selected the names: Trinity, Careena, Triumph and Giwase.

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