Two young peregrine falcons banded at Great River Energy in Elk River
Two young peregrine falcons that hatched in a nesting box at Great River Energy (GRE) in Elk River have been banded.
A bucket truck lifted Amy Ries of the Raptor Resource Project and Brenda Geisler of GRE to the nesting box Monday morning, June 25. The nesting box is on the power plant, 110 feet above the ground.
Ries and Geisler picked up the young birds, called eyasses, and brought them to the ground. They were banded before a crowd of people and then returned to their nesting box.
Both of the young falcons are female and they are healthy. See story and slideshow in Star News account by Associate Editor Joni Astrup.
PHOTO: Brenda Geisler showed one of the newly banded peregrines to people gathered at Great River Energy. From left to right are Donald Hoskyns, William Hoskyns and Marilyn Hoskyns. (Photo by Joni Astrup, Star News)