The baby peregrine falcons that were born on campus on top of Gruenhagen Conference Center in late May now have names and identification numbers and will be forever traceable to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Peregrine specialist and researcher Greg Septon visited campus June 16 to band the falcons, which have been named Titan and Millennium. Banding the birds will help experts track their life history, how long they live, how many young they produce and where they travel to.
Titan and Millennium are two of about 50 peregrine falcons in Wisconsin that will be identified and banded this year, Septon said. In 1988, two captive peregrines became the first pair to nest in the state since their extirpation due to the rapid spread of the insecticide DDT in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Since then, the recovery efforts have continued throughout Wisconsin.
The brother and sister falcon duo are expected to begin flying soon. In the coming weeks, they’ll become self-sufficient by hunting for their own prey and will leave the nest.