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Endangered Falcons Born On Top Of Long Island Hospital

EAST MEADOW, NY (WCBS 880) – Some endangered peregrine falcons are getting the special treatment after being born on the roof of Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island.

Fifty-four of these baby birds have born on the ledge of the hospital’s 17th floor since 1997. This year, there are five — two girls and three boys.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Baby Falcons Born On Top On Long Island Hospital

Christopher Nasareski of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall, these birds are an endangered species. For that reason, he placed special ID leg bands on each of the baby falcons.

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Falcon getting banded at Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

“These bands are used by direct observation. This way, we are able to tell where these birds end up,” Nasareski said.

He also said that the falcons are endangered because the adult birds will nest in places that are not safe, including bridges and construction sites because they resemble cliffs.

After a few months, the young birds will migrate and find new homes by the end of the summer.

What do you think of these baby birds? Let us know in our comments section below:

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  • Robert Stalnaker

    Peregrine falcons are as awesome an animal as there is, stooping up to 225 miles per hour. I hope that people have a greater appreciation for rare and endangered animals and support a conservation organization. DDT poison caused the peregrine falcon to go extinct east of the Mississippi a few decades ago. These are descendants from re-introduction in the east after DDT was banned. Cornell University played a key role. You may find this info about the Peregrine Fund insightful on how it was done:

  • kendra

    I THINK is great how some1 took time out of there shudle to help the little birdie and kids it just cause to show there are still kind people in the world who cares about animals ans auch.

  • karen s

    here’s hoping they are relocated to a safe place, and contribute to the growth of the species. these birds are truly magnificent. they for years roosted at the water tower near jones beach. when diving at prey, they go at speeds in excess of 100 mph. fly free little peregrines.

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  • vdq

    i love them. i watch a peregrine that roosts on a rooftop across from my apt in brooklyn. including attempting to get my canary in his cage, hanging in my window. i dont know where it is nesting, perhaps on the rooftop across the street. they are amazing to watch. and very beautiful.

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