It’s Banding Day!

It’s the highly-anticipated falcon banding day! This is WoodmenLife’s 29th year of the falcon program, and we are so proud to play a part in helping the peregrine falcons bounce back from near extinction. You can watch previous banding day ceremonies on our Falcon Watch website.

We wanted to note that during around 10:00 through 11:00 central time, the live stream falcon cam will not be showing the nest as usual. That is the time of banding – and we also clean the window and make sure the camera is working properly. We try to minimize disturbances to the falcons – so we get everything done that we can during this one time.

Conducting today’s banding will be folks from Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery, and Nebraska Game and Parks. Our friend Joel Jorgensen will lead the banding – check out his blog about non-game birds. We’re lucky to have an expert like him in our state.

Stay tuned later today for the gender announcement and the launch of the naming contest! The winner of the contest will be invited to the banding ceremony in 2018. Enter your names this afternoon on WoodmenLife’s Facebook page.

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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