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University of Iowa News Release

June 3, 2003

Peregrine Falcons To Be Banded In Cedar Rapids

Four peregrine falcons that call the roof of a US Bank building in Cedar Rapids home will be banded in a public demonstration on June 5 at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to witness the banding of the three-week-old peregrine falcons in the conference room of the US Bank located at 222 2nd Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids. Jodeane Cancilla, the Macbride Raptor Project coordinator, will conduct the presentation.

In addition to banding the birds, a blood sample will also be drawn from each of the falcons. The blood will be used for genetics and to examine lead and pesticide exposure.

The Macbride Raptor Project is a joint program of the UI Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College. It was founded in 1985, and is devoted to preserving Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habitats. The project achieves its goals through rehabilitation of sick and injured birds, educational programs for the public and field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For more information, call the Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495, UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293 or Theresa Chapel from US Bank at 319-368-4770.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,
PROGRAM CONTACT: Jodeane Cancilla (319) 398-5495