Peregrine Falcon Banding Friday in Des Moines
Posted: 06/03/2014

Two young peregrine falcons will be banded on June 6, at the American Enterprise Insurance building, 601 Sixth Avenue, in downtown Des Moines.

Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will discuss the peregrine recovery in Iowa at 11 a.m. in the courtyard of American Enterprise Insurance building.

Downtown Des Moines has a second pair of falcons nesting with an unknown number of young at the Capitol.

Fifteen other nest sites have been documented around Iowa, which is an increase of two. New nesting sites are at Bellevue State Park, in Bellevue, and Eagle Point Park, in Dubuque.

Peregrine falcons are considered the standard-bearers of the Endangered Species Act. They have recovered to breeding status and are no longer endangered.

The American Enterprise Insurance building has hosted a nesting pair of peregrine falcons each year since 1993. 

For more information, contact Pat Schlarbaum, Wildlife Diversity Technician, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 712-330-0526.