Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded, Names Revealed (PHOTOS)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded, Names Revealed (PHOTOS)

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The peregrine falcons that live on top of One Summit Square have three new additions to their family.

Moxie and Jamie, the two falcons nesting on the roof of the One Summit Square building, are the proud parents of three little boys: Abbett, Cheetah and Magic.

The four week old falcon chicks were given their names Wednesday, which were picked by Abbett Elementary School students in the Fort Wayne Community Schools “Study Connection” program.

The names were voted on by Indiana Michigan Power Facebook fans, and the three most popular names were chosen.

Not only were the chicks' names revealed, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) put bands on the chicks’ little talons to keep tabs on them throughout their lives.

"It's so we know a whole lot of information about them. How old they are, how long they live, where they go to, if they're monogamous or if they have a little action on the side, that type of thing. But just a whole host of things just by putting leg bands that we can identify from a distance,” said John Castrale, a non-game bird biologist with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife with the DNR.

Abbett, Cheetah and Magic are the 41st, 42nd and 43rd peregrine falcons to be born in downtown Fort Wayne. In a few more weeks, the chicks will be able to fly and eventually leave the nest.

In the meantime, you can always keep an eye on them by watching the "Falconcam" on AEP’s website. For a link to the “Falconcam”, click on Peregrine Falcons under News Links on our homepage.




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