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Published: Saturday, 6/2/2007

Bell tower falcon trio christened

Scott Butterworth of the Division of Wildlife bands a peregrine falcon chick that was born at the University of Toledo. Scott Butterworth of the Division of Wildlife bands a peregrine falcon chick that was born at the University of Toledo.
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Falcon chicks born last month in the University of Toledo s University Hall Tower will now go by Chayton, Skyler, and Swoop.

Representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife placed leg bands on the three peregrine falcon chicks yesterday to identify and track them.

One male fledgling was named Chayton, which is Sioux for falcon. The university community submitted name suggestions for the other two chicks and the names were chosen by UT officials.

Skyler, which is Scandinavian for learned one, was chosen for the second male chick, while the female was named Swoop.

A parent peregrine of the three falcon chicks that hatched in a nest atop the University of Toledo s University Hall s bell tower perches on a gargoyle. State wildlife officials removed the brood from the nest yesterday to band the fledgling raptors. A parent peregrine of the three falcon chicks that hatched in a nest atop the University of Toledo s University Hall s bell tower perches on a gargoyle. State wildlife officials removed the brood from the nest yesterday to band the fledgling raptors.
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The mother, who was hatched in 2003 in Pennsylvania, was given the honorary name of Belle because she is raising her family in the university s bell tower. Birds banded in Pennsylvania are not given names. The father was identified through his leg band as Allen, who hatched in Lima in 2004.

The two adult birds were spotted in the tower during the late winter, and the local wildlife district office in Findlay confirmed they appeared to be a mated pair.







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