Scientists track baby falcon living on skyscraper

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JERSEY CITY -

Scientists have banded a peregrine falcon living atop a Jersey City skyscraper.

It is part of a program that will enable scientists and birdwatchers to track the bird as it grows. 

CLICK HERE to see the Conserve Wildlife Foundation's "Falcon-Cam"

The young falcon belongs to a pair of birds who have nested on the roof of the building on Hudson Street, a location that experts say is actually ideal for the birds.

“[The parents] chose this location because it is such a great vantage point,” says Conserve Wildlife Foundation executive director David Wheeler. “It’s great for finding prey. It’s right near, not only the Hudson River, but Liberty State Park, so no shortage of birds for this peregrine to dive-bomb at speeds over 200 mph … fastest animal on earth."

Wheeler says that the Hudson Street building has been used by other falcon pairs for the last 17 years.

Peregrine falcons are an endangered species that had been wiped out of New Jersey by the 1960s. Now the state has 35 known pairs.

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