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Published June 13, 2012, 06:28 PM

3 Chicks of Grand Forks Falcon Pair Banded for Tracking

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND students and researchers are tracking rare birds in the area. On Wednesday they tagged three baby peregrine falcons, the offspring of one of only two known pairs of adults in the whole state.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND students and researchers are tracking rare birds in the area. On Wednesday they tagged three baby peregrine falcons, the offspring of one of only two known pairs of adults in the whole state.

Just 22 days ago the three babies hatched. They were named after prominent people in the Grand Forks area.

Frances, Alexander and Walsh were taken out of their nest by two volunteers to be tagged, tested and weighed.

The parents, Roosevelt and Terminator, made their home on top of the UND water tower after the Smiley water tower was demolished.

The birds are banded to study the migratory patterns and keep track of the birds throughout their lives.

"We're doing studies on avian malaria and I know they're doing DNA studies to trace paternity and things like that," Tim Driscoll with the Urban Raptor Research Project said.

The only other known pair in North Dakota have a nest in downtown Fargo.

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