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Peregrine Falcon chick banded in downtown South Bend

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This year's peregrine falcon chick in South Bend was tagged and tested on Wednesday.  South Bend has been home to a nest of Peregrine Falcons since 2003.

Each year, when the chicks hatch, biologists like John Castrale band their legs and take a blood sample so that they can be identified later. 

The nest is on top of the County-City Building in downtown South Bend.  Castrale says peregrine falcons have adapted to nesting in urban areas.  Their normal habitat is along river bluffs and cliffs.

The nest is part of a regional effort to repopulate the species in the Midwest.  Castrale calls the effort, "one of probably the best success stories in conservation."  More than 300 nesting pairs currently live in the region.  That compared to between 40 and 60 in the past. 

This year, only one of the four eggs hatched.  The other three eggs will be taken for further testing to help explain why, though Castrale says it is not uncommon for at least one egg not to hatch.

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