Peregrine Falcons Released from ‘Hack’ Box on PP&L Building
The peregrine falcons being raised on the roof of the PP&L Building should soon be gliding across the Allentown skyline.
After the falcons spent five days in the “hack” box on the building’s 23rd floor, the box was opened Wednesday (6/19) morning to allow the birds to begin testing their wings.
The time spent in the hack box was brief because the falcons were almost mature enough to fly upon their arrival at PP&L Saturday (6/15) from a breeder in South Dakota. Falcons typically are released from hack boxes once they are 42 to 45 days old, which is the age of the three birds.
“It’s time to start scanning the sky to spot the falcons,” said Jeff Luzenski, a PP&L employee and coordinator of the Lehigh Valley Peregrine Project, a coalition of businesses and environmental and community groups working to re-establish the birds in the area. “This provides a rare opportunity for people in downtown Allentown to see a peregrine in flight.”
Despite being able to leave the box, the birds are expected to stay in the area for at least four weeks. Food and water will be provided to the birds during that time.
Project organizers plan to raise and release an additional set of falcons in about three weeks.
~Original airdate 1996