It's time to band young peregrine falcons in Minnesota. Some of them are open to the public if you would like to attend. The first one is June 6 at 10 am at the City Center for the Multifoods Tower. The next one is 12:30 pm the same day at the Colonnade in Golden Valley (I was at that one last year).
More banding is public on June 7 starting with the Wells Fargo Tower on 494 and France Avenue (although I think France is called Normandale Blvd at that point). That banding starts at 11:30 am. And then in the evening on that same day, they will band any chicks that might be on top of the Space Needle on the State Fair Grounds in St. Paul. The Space Needle birds always seem to be teases. Either they start nesting there and lay infertile eggs or they defend the territory like the dickens but there are not eggs there.
I'm going to try and make it to the Colonnade, Wells Fargo and the Space Needle. Hope some of you out there can make it. It's great way to guarantee a view at adult peregrines (who doesn't enjoy watching banders get bombed by fast flying falcons). My favorite part is what prey leftovers the banders find in the nest.