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June 1, 2004

Falcon Banding Is Set For June 2 And 3

The Macbride Raptor Project will be banding young peregrine falcons at two Eastern Iowa locations June 2 and 3.

With the help of project volunteers, Jodeane Cancilla, coordinator of the Macbride Raptor Project, will be conducting the banding of four peregrine falcons at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the Louisa Generating Station, 8602 172nd St. in Muscatine, Iowa.

On Thursday, June 3, at 10 a.m., Cancilla and the volunteers will band four more young falcons at the U.S. Bank 2nd Floor Boardroom, 222 2nd Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids.

The peregrine falcons in both locations are approximately 25 days old and are from the nesting boxes at each banding location. The birds come back to nest at the boxes each year. The falcons are banded for future research and measurement.

Media will have plenty of time for photos during the actual banding.

The Macbride Raptor Project, founded in 1985, is devoted to preserving Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habitats. The project achieves its goals through rehabilitation of sick and injured birds, educational programs for the public and field research of Iowa's native raptors. It is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College.

For more information, call the Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495 or UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Jodeane Cancilla, Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495; Louisa Generating Station: Jim Haack, 563-333-8460; U.S. Bank: Sue Klinghagen 319-368-4295