Motorists are being reminded that traffic on the Mississippi River bridge at Wabasha will be delayed briefly Wednesday while newly hatched peregrine falcon chicks will be retrieved, banded, and blood samples taken.
It's the first time since 2009, when a special nesting box was placed on the bridge, that the falcons have had chicks.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be aiding the Midwest Peregrine Society in the effort.
The work will begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday and will result in a brief lane closure on the bridge so the efforts can be done safely.....
MinnDOT says Society workers will place the nestlings in a special transport box. Then, one at time, one person will remove a chick from the box while another worker takes a small blood sample for research and places two bands on on the bird's legs. The chicks are then quickly returned to to their nesting box