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Once endangered Peregrine Falcons at home in MI cities

Peregrine falcon chick
Courtesy photo
Jackson County
A peregrine falcon chick nesting on the Tower Building in Jackson.

A once-endangered bird is again well established in Michigan, commonly in its cities. We talk with a Jackson county official about the peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Jackson and learn how Peregrines are doing in Michigan from DNR bird biologist, Karen Cleveland.

Residents in a number of Michigan cities including Lansing, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Detroit can occasionally see a once endangered bird in their midst. In urban settings, Peregrine Falcons nest and breed high in city structures. In downtown Jackson, the birds occupy a space up in the Tower Building. The county website offers a great opportunity for people to view the birds on its three megapixel digital camera.

Current State talks with Steve Shotwell, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and owner of a business near the Tower Building in Jackson, and Karen Cleveland, a bird biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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