Peregrine Falcons Banded In Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Congratuations, Topeka! You have two bouncing baby boys!

Media crews climbed atop the Westar Energy building in downtown Topeka Wednesday to watch two baby peregrine falcons be banded. Peregrine parents Boreas and Nemaha stayed circling close by, keeping a close watch on the operation. The birds returned to Topeka this spring to nest in a box on Westar's roof.

The chicks were banded Wednesday so they can be tracked as part of the Midwest Peregrine Project in Minnesota. It also enabled workers to determine the fiesty chicks are both boys.

If all goes well, the family of birds will migrate to South America over the winter months.

The experts also shared Wednesday that a sister of the chicks, born last year, nested with a mate in Kansas City this spring.

Westar has a webcam trained on the nesting box for people to follow the chicks' progress. They're also holding a contest to name the birds. People should submit, in 100 words or less, their chosen names for the chicks, their location and why they think the name is best to Entries must be received by June 1, 2012.

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