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Banding ceremony held for “Blizzard” the falcon

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – It’s a special day for tiny falcon chick that hatched a few weeks ago.

Her banding ceremony happened at Mayo Clinic Wednesday morning.

The clinic’s peregrine falcon program has been going strong for more than 30 years.

A female newborn falcon was officially named “Blizzard.”

The person who submitted the name suggestion received a certificate.

The chick was also banded so it can be tracked in the future.

The parents, Hattie and Orton, have been at the clinic since 2016.

This year, four eggs were laid but only one hatched.

“We have far exceeded our recovery goals,” said Jackie Fallon, the Vice President of Field Operations for the Midwest Peregrine Society. “We’re averaging three chicks a nest in the upper Midwest, the recovery goal was one chick per nest. So we have exceeded anybody’s estimates.”

The clinic is credited with helping the bird come back from the brink of extinction.

KTTC

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