Peregrine falcons in five nesting boxes atop area buildings and power plants produced 13 chicks this spring, helping to replenish the once-endangered raptor species.
Three chicks fledged from a ledge on the Commerce Bank building downtown, which was the site of a falcon cam set up by the Missouri Department of Conservation. When one of those chicks took the plunge for the first time, it glided to a sidewalk below.
A conservation agent banded its leg and released it again from atop the building and it flew safely away. The agent dubbed that bird Anita after former conservation commissioner Anita Gorman.
Other nesting boxes were placed on smokestacks at Kansas City Power & Light Co. plants.
Peregrines rebounded after the use of DDT as a pesticide was banned. The Kansas City recovery program began in 1991.
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