Rapid City is the next major metro area to re-introduce peregrine falcons to its skies! The SD Dept of Game, Fish & Parks, Division of Wildlife is beginning a 5 year program to return peregrine falcons to western South Dakota.
Janie Fink, of Birds of Prey Northwest is the lead biologist on the project. She will be holding a public information meeting, and also a “call for volunteers” on Thursday May 26 in the evening. The meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel downtown Rapid City.
The 15 juvenile peregrine falcons will be released from boxes on top of the Assurant Building in downtown Rapid City. Only a few at a time will be released, so throughout the summer young peregrines will be taking to our skies. Janie, her interns and volunteers will closely monitor the young birds in the boxes through remote cameras, and later with binoculars and spotting scopes when the birds begin flying.
Hopefully the remote cameras will be able to provide streaming video of the young birds while they are in the “hack boxes” on top of the Assurant Building.
As soon as I have more details on the call for volunteers meeting I will post it here!