HARRISBURG, Pa. (ErieNewsNow) - On a 15th story ledge outside the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg, you’ll find a family of Peregrine falcons. According to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), it’s the most productive Peregrine nest in Pennsylvania. 

Each year, biologists with the PA Game Commission band the young falcons, which are called “eyasses.” Banding provides biologists with the ability to identify a specific, individual bird. It also can provide information on where the bird was banded, how old it was at banding, and its sex.  

Biologists were able to safely access the two male eyasses and one female using an access window in the office building. Each young falcon was also weighed and given a physical exam before being safely returned to their mother. All three had clear eyes and throats, indicating they are free of disease. 
The falcons hatched in early May and will continue to mature. They could start learning to fly as early as next week. 

According to the National Audubon Society, the Peregrine Falcon is regarded by falconers and biologists alike as one of the noblest and most spectacular of all birds of prey. It’s one of the world's fastest birds, with the ability to reach speeds as high as 200 miles per hour while power-diving from heights to strike prey. 

You can also stay up to date with the falcons on Twitter: @FalconChatter.