A Foursome! And the Banding Day is Set

It looks like the fourth falcon egg hatched last night – this morning we spotted four heads trying to get food at the first feeding of the day.

Banding Day Scheduled

Nebraska Games and Parks and Raptor Recovery Center like to schedule the banding about 20 days from hatching. When the eyasses are 20 days old, they’re strong enough to handle being out of the nest for a bit, but not strong enough to fly away or fight being poked and prodded.

We’ve scheduled the 2017 banding for Friday, May 19. New this year: a Facebook live video! We’ll be documenting the banding as it happens, so you’ll want to log into Facebook that morning. We’ll announce the specific time at a later date.

Naming Contest Coming

During the banding, the falcon experts will determine the sex of each bird (based on their size – the male falcons are smaller than the female ones), and they’ll be banded so that we can trace their journey throughout their lives.

We’ll launch the naming contest on WoodmenLife’s Facebook page right after the banding on that Friday. Stay tuned for more details!

Angie Hempel

Angie has been a writer and editor at WoodmenLife since 2003. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Omaha Council Bluffs Metro Chapter and the Public Relations Society of America Nebraska Chapter, and serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. She mentors a Little Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteers with organizations like the Nebraska Writers Collective and Meals on Wheels. She was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Jaycees in 2012. She and her husband Michael love to cook, travel and chase after their baby boy Corbin, Jack Russell Terrier Sadie and parakeet Larry.

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