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Published July 08, 2013, 06:04 PM

UND welcomes new falcons

All eyes were on the UND water tower Monday as several baby falcons were safely lowered from their nesting box. The tower has been home to numerous falcons since 2008 and today the newest family was tagged and identified by local researchers.

By: Mike Yoshida, WDAZ

All eyes were on the UND water tower Monday as several baby falcons were safely lowered from their nesting box. The tower has been home to numerous falcons since 2008 and today the newest family was tagged and identified by local researchers.

Three baby falcons were lowered to the ground where they got identification bands and also underwent medical checks. While plenty of screeching could be heard during the process, researchers say the babies are just anxious about being away from their mother.

Tim Driscoll, Urban Raptor Research Project Director: "They're more stressed and upset, which is why we try to minimize the time on the ground and get them back up in the box as soon as possible."

The babies were also named today. A female was named Stella. One male was named George. The other male was named Anson in honor of Anson Northrup, the first steamboat captain on the Red River.

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