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Falcon chick ready for banding atop Ohio high-rise

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wildlife officials are ready to band the first peregrine falcon chick in three years to be hatched atop the Rhodes Tower in downtown Columbus.

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Bob Ford, Ohio Department of Natural Resources acting wildlife management supervisor, holds a falcon, Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ohio. Two baby Peregrine falcons, hatched in the Wood County Courthouse clock tower, were banded Thursday morning by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. (AP Photo/Sentinel-Tribune, J.D. Pooley)

The banding event at 10 a.m. Tuesday will be streamed live from the falcons' camera-equipped nest box.

The 3-week-old hatchling named Zoom is the offspring of a nesting pair of peregrines whose last two years' eggs were infertile. The avian family's daily drama is monitored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and thousands of online viewers to a state website.

Zoom will receive a band on each leg. The falcon's sex will be determined based on size.

Ohio has 26 nesting pairs of falcons. The once-endangered species is being restored through conservation efforts supported by tax check-offs and postage stamp sales.

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