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Squawks – very loud ones – echoed through the top floor of Gruenhagen Conference Center at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh May 22.

The squawks were those of two young peregrine falcons that were being banded for future identification purposes. The young male falcons – named Thor and Thunder – will grow up to be among the fastest birds on the planet, said Greg Septon, peregrine falcon manager and researcher.

For the second year in a row, two adult falcons, Hondo and Deborah, made a nesting box atop Gruenhagen their home and in late April Thor and Thunder were welcomed into the world – and to UW Oshkosh!

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