Macomb County Welcomes Newest Neighbors

By Dave Leval

Macomb County Welcomes Newest Neighbors

May 22, 2013

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI (My TV20 News at 10) --- Oakland does not like being held.

He's one of two new baby Peregrine Falcons.

Their nest is on the 11th floor of the Old County Building in Mount Clemens.

Oakland's brother is Wayne.

Those names should sound familiar.

The chicks are named after Macomb's neighboring counties.

State regulators tagged the birds so they can follow them.

It's part of a state program that's repopulating the species.

Tim Payne with the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources tells us, "We've gone from no nesting to right now, in Michigan, we'll have 20 or so nests in the entire state this year. Of them, maybe 15 will be successful."

The use of pesticides decades ago is blamed for nearly wiping out the falcons.

The birds have set up nests on the building for the last eight years.

That's resulted in 17 chicks.

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