ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State game officials have banded three young peregrine falcons born around Mother’s Day atop a Pennsylvania office building.
It was the first time in a decade that peregrines nested at the top of PPL’s 23-story headquarters in Allentown.
As a group of third-graders and others looked on, officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission removed the young birds of prey from a nesting box Thursday and brought them to PPL’s auditorium for banding and a health check.
The utility says four eggs were laid in the nesting box, but one failed to hatch. Game officials are collecting the egg for further study.
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Peregrines are a protected species in Pennsylvania.
PPL has been supporting initiatives aimed at rebuilding the peregrine population for more than two decades.