Banding Peregrine Falcons
A WSDOT biologist and licensed falcon bander climbed under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge to band falcon chicks nesting with their parents. The chicks are banded so falcon experts and biologists can track them.

Peregrine falcons are great to have on bridges. The falcons prey on pigeons and keep starlings away. The droppings of those birds can be quite corrosive to bridges so the peregrines help keep those populations on bridges in check.

This pair of falcons has been on the Ship Canal Bridge for about a decade. They typically have three or four chicks each year.
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