This band was on a bird below which I photographed on the University of Minnesota St Paul campus last November. With the band I was able to identify the bird as Marcia who was hatched in 2002 in Monticello. Marcia nested in 2006 and 2007 at the Space Tower on the Minnesota State Fair grounds but was unsuccessful in hatching any eggs so far.
Most of the falcons in the region are banded, about 80%, because each year volunteers from the Midwest Peregrine Society take the young chicks from the nest, take blood samples, band them and then return them to the nest. This can be difficult when you have an angry adult around.
Last year I also spent some time observing a peregrine that was living under the Mendota Bridge in Bloomington, MN. Unfortunately I did not get a photo of it's band so I could not ID it. The Mendota Bridge is one of many nesting sites in the Twin Cities area. I have already talked a bit with Jackie about volunteering to help this year, as long as I don't have to climb up or down any cliffs, tall buildings or bridges. I still need to send her my information so that she can determine which site would be best for me to observe. The Mendota Bridge may be one possibility, although so far it looks like only a single female has been spotted there so far this year.
Some other possible locations that I may be able to observe peregrines will be the bridge in Hastings, MN or the railroad bridge in Prescott, WI. This weekend while I was in Prescott searching for the harlequin duck I spotted one of the Prescott falcons up on the tresses of the railroad bridge.
According to the information from Jackie, the birds currently at Prescott are Butler and an unbanded female. The birds in Hastings are Charlie and an unknown female, no one has been able to read the band yet.
I am really looking forward to helping out and later this summer I plan to attend some of the public banding sessions so that I can get some picks of fuzzy little peregrine chicks.