Peregrine Falcon Banding - 2017
A pair of peregrine falcons is nesting under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge in Seattle.

The couple, affectionately nicknamed Ariel and Maverick, hatched two chicks around June 11, 2017.

Three weeks later after they hatched, WSDOT accompanied a licensed falcon bander to the bridge to placed identification bands around the chicks' legs.

Tagging the chicks is no small task - it requires descending 60 feet down a ladder, crossing a beam 95 feet in the air and possibly getting dive-bombed by Mom and Dad as they protect their babies.

Banding the chicks, however, allows wildlife agencies and conservation groups to track the population and spread of peregrine falcons, which nearly went extinct due to pesticides.
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