Today, 16 May 2017, is banding day for the peregrine falcon chicks at the Cathedral of Learning (10am) and Gulf Tower (2pm). These two events are closed to the public but you can come to an open event tomorrow.
The excitement begins today at 10:00am at the Cathedral of Learning when Dan Brauning of the Pennsylvania Game Commission goes out on the ledge to retrieve Hope and Terzo's three chicks. They'll receive health checks and leg bands and be returned to the nest in less than half an hour. UPDATE: 1 male, 2 females.
This afternoon it's the Gulf Tower's turn at 2:00pm when Dan retrieves Dori and Louie's three chicks, pictured at top. The camera is zoomed too close for this event so you'll miss some of the action but you'll certainly hear it on the falconcam. As you can see below, there's a lot of nest area at the Gulf Tower that we can't see. We'll zoom out the camera this week.
UPDATE: 3 females at Gulf.
Tomorrow, with PennDOT's help and a bucket truck, Dan will band peregrines at the McKees Rocks Bridge (9:30am) and the Neville Island I-79 Glenfield Bridge (UPDATE! approximately 1:00pm, after lunch).
You're welcome to view the I-79 Glenfield Bridge banding from the park-n-ride below the bridge on Neville Island. Click here for directions.
Curious about what banding is and why peregrine falcons are banded in Pennsylvania? Click here to read more.