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INTERACTIVE FEATURE

Injured and Rehabilitated Peregrine Falcon Released to the Wild

An injured and rehabilitated Peregrine Falcon was released to the wild on Friday, May 3,by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from the roof of the LeFrak Building at 59-17 Junction Boulevard in Corona, Queens.

The male falcon was born in the spring of 1995 at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. One of four nestlings, it was banded on May 25, 1995 by Christopher Nadareski, Director of Wildlife Studies for DEP. The injured bird was found in Brooklyn on February 5, 2002. It had been shot by a pellet gun in the right wing and had sustained a fractured ulna. The Center for Animal Care and Control picked up the bird and delivered it to the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, which provides free medical care for injured and ill Peregrine Falcons in the City. On February 7, Mr. Nadareski delivered the bird to Len Soucy, Director of the Raptor Trust in Morristown, NJ, which provided additional veterinary services and a pen in which the bird could practice flying in preparation for its release.

Mr. Nadareski retrieved the rehabilitated falcon from the Raptor Trust on the morning of May 3rd and released it back to the environs of the City, where it was born and has spent most of its life, at approximately 8:30 a.m. The bird took off like a rocket, clearly in full command of its flight abilities and thrilled at its regained freedom.

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59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

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