Banding the Chicks 
 
World Bird Sanctuary's (WBS) reintroduction program has placed more than 80 captive hatched peregrines back into Missouri's wild. Bands are placed on the chick's leg and are color coded and lettered. Spotters can then visually identify individual birds by observing the band without needing to recapture it. The numbers on the bands are sent to the U.S. Geological Survey, which catalogs the information for future reference. 

Banding Day 2013
Jeff Meshach, Director, World Bird Sanctuary, lead the banding efforts on May 17. The four falcon chicks were banded around 25 days of age. The process included removing the chicks from the nesting box, placing the bands on their legs and returning the chicks to the nesting box.

View our 2013 banding day videos.

Jeff Meshach, Director, World Bird Sanctuary, removes a chick from the nesting box. (2013)  The peregrine falcon chicks were carefully banded then returned to the nesting box. (2013)
Falcon, peregrine falcons, banding
 
 
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