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Detroit — The state says it recently banded 15 peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in southern Michigan this spring.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the tracking of the birds is important as falcons recover from a major population decline in the 1960s.

The DNR says the chicks get bands before they can fly. The bands allow scientists to monitor and track their dispersal, migration, life span, reproductive success, behavior and population growth.

The state says birds were banded at the former Lowe Campbell Ewald/GM building in Warren, the Fisher Building in Detroit, the Whittier Hotel building in Detroit, the Jackson County Tower building in Jackson and the Old Macomb County building in Mount Clemens.

Peregrine falcons are considered endangered in Michigan. The state began its peregrine recovery efforts in 1986.

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