Updated 05/26/2009 03:23 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Twenty-two birds born in the past six years. Because the Peregrine Falcon in endangered, they are tagged. The DEC pulls the babies from their nest atop the State Tower Building and the harmless, yet frightening, action for the babies begins. It's also determined what sex they are.
"It looks like four girls, but like I say, the fourth one, sometimes you get a big male or a small female so they kind of overlap a little bit," said Mike Allen,a wildlife technician with the DEC.
They're happily monitored by a group of Fledgewatchers spearheaded by George Marleau.
"When the young falcons get to where they're going to take their first flights, we have a group of people that monitor them. And if any of them get into trouble, we can rescue them and take them to a vet to be checked out," Marleau said.
And the entire time they're inside being tagged, big Mama Bird isn't far away.
"As were talking, they're flying around out here. I don't know whether they're looking for me or not," said Allen.
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Now the names of these birds aren't just pulled out of hats (well, they sort of are!) They're submitted by the folks that watch these birds. And this year, up to 60 submissions were put in.
"I just sent out an email to them asking for suggestions for names," Marleau said. "And then we had an independent group that voted on the names and that's how we chose them."
They are Rosamond, named after the heiress that contributed millions to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo; Onondaga, after the Onondaga Indians; Destinee - spelled with two E's -- which means certain fortune; and Ardena, which means lofty.
The birds will begin to take flight in about three weeks.