Photo: Matt MacGillivray under a Creative Commons license.
Usually, when you hear the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway and Throgs Neck Bridges mentioned in the same sentence, they're followed by a horrible traffic report. But this week, some much better news came from New York's Metro Transit Authority: the birth of three sets of peregrine falcon chicks, a total of nine baby birds.Peregrine falcon populations were devastated in the 1960s, largely due to the widespread use of DDT. Still listed on the New York State Department of Conservation's endangered birds list, the falcons have made a major comeback. Sixteen pairs of falcons (they mate for life and use the same nest each year) currently nest in NYC, estimates Chris Nadareski, of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection's Wildlife Studies division.
This week, three male chicks born in a tower of the Throgs Neck Bridge were banded, so wildlife experts can track them and monitor their well-being. They should be flying within the month, and it won't be long before they're doing it at 150mph: peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on Earth.
Check out the video of three of the chicks being banded:
More info and photos at Gothamist
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