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May 26, 2011

Cancelled: Falcon banding set for May 31 and June 2

The Macbride Raptor Project will be banding young peregrine falcons at two Eastern Iowa locations May 31 and June 2.

With the help of volunteers, project coordinator Jodeane Cancilla will conduct the banding of several peregrine falcons at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the Second Floor Boardroom of U.S. Bank, 222 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, Cancilla and the volunteers will band another group of young falcons at MidAmerican Energy Company's Louisa Generating Station break room, 8602 172nd St, Muscatine.

The peregrine falcons in both locations are approximately 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, and the young 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 produced falcons are being observed and reintroduced. Peregrine falcons are wandering birds that feed on small, slow-moving birds like starlings.

Media will have time for photos during the actual banding.

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 University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jodeane Cancilla, Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495. Tina Potthoff, Louisa Generating Station, 319-281-2585; Theresa Chapel, U.S. Bank, 319-368-4770; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,