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Published July 10, 2013, 08:44 AM

Three peregrine falcon chicks banded in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Officials have banded three peregrine falcon chicks in Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Officials have banded three peregrine falcon chicks in Grand Forks.

The Grand Forks Herald reports the chicks were taken from a nest atop the University of North Dakota water tower Monday and banded so they can be tracked. It's part of a larger effort to restore peregrines in the Midwest.

The banding has been an annual event since 2008. That's when Terminator, a peregrine hatched in 2005 in Brandon, Manitoba, produced her first chick in Grand Forks. Her partner in 2008 was a male named Bear. She raised broods with new partner Roosevelt from 2009-2012.

She has a new partner this year. Local raptor expert Tim Driscoll says no one knows what happened to Roosevelt.

Grand Forks and Fargo have the only know nesting peregrines in North Dakota.

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