Drawing for two peregrine falcon capture permits happening today!
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - For the first time in 40 years, two Idaho falconers will be able to capture wild peregrines.
A special drawing will be happening today (Tuesday) at the MK Nature Center. The winner of the drawing will get to capture and raise the wild bird.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted new rules earlier this year to allow for the capture of two wild peregrine falcons. The two peregrine capture permits will be drawn today (Tuesday), at 11 a.m.
There was a time when it was hard to spot a peregrine falcon anywhere. The chemical DDT almost wiped out the birds in North America. But since the early 2000's The Peregrine Fund began, to raise awareness for the birds.
A camera on top of One Capital Center streams video of these birds.
"You know it was one of the highest buildings in Boise at the time and they had a good view of the surrounding area and they like to sit on a high perch when they do their hunting," said The Peregrine Fund Education Director, Bill Heinrich.
Every year, thousands of people log-in to the site. Especially right now, with hatching season right around the corner.
"It takes 33 to 35 days for those eggs to hatch, it takes about 40 days before before they are able to start flying so these young's should be flying probably end of June early July," Heinrich Said.
The falcon season runs from may 1st to the end of August.