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May 18, 2007

Falcon Banding Is Set For May 23-24 In Cedar Rapids And Muscatine

The Macbride Raptor Project will band young peregrine falcons at two Eastern Iowa locations Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24.

Jodeane Cancilla, coordinator of the Macbride Raptor Project, and several project volunteers will be banding several peregrine falcons at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the U.S. Bank second-floor boardroom, 222 2nd Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, Cancilla and the volunteers will band more young falcons at the Louisa Generating Station break room, 8602 172nd St. in Muscatine.  Media will have time for photos during the actual banding.

The peregrine falcons in both locations are about 27 to 30 days old and are from the nesting boxes at each banding location. The birds come back to nest at the boxes each year. The falcons are banded for future research and measurement.

Historically, Peregrine falcons were affected by DDT, an insecticide/pesticide used by farmers prior to being banned in the 1970s. The U.S. Bank and Louisa Generating Station nest boxes are two of the five regional sites where wild falcons are being observed and reintroduced. Peregrine falcons are wandering birds that feed on small, slow moving birds like starlings.

The Macbride Raptor Project, founded in 1985, 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. It is co-sponsored by the UI Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College.

For more information, call the Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495 or UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

PROGRAM CONTACTS: Jodeane Cancilla, Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495. Louisa Generating Station: Allan Urlis, 515-281-2785; U.S. Bank: Theresa Chapel 319-368-4770.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,