March 20, 2008 Update
Falcon 54496 spent the winter southwest of Houston, TX and started moving north on 3/5/2008. This falcon averaged around 150 miles per day and crossed into WV on 3/13/2008. This falcon was in the park on the 15th and 18th; however it has been covering a broad area from New River to approximately 5 miles north of Summersville, WV.
Falcon #54496 Biography
Falcon #54496 is a male falcon and was removed from the Sea Isle Bridge in New Jersey on May 31st with the assistance of Three Rivers Avian Center Staff. This falcon was uniquely color taped on its right leg band with the resulting band combination of right = green/black and left = 1/S. Due to the late arrival of this group of falcons, it was determined that the birds would be harbored at the Three Rivers Avian Center. This falcon and others from multiple nest sites in VA and NJ, were kept at Three Rivers Avian Center for less than a week, which allowed the previous group of falcons to be released from the hack box into the gorge. This falcon was held in the gorge hack box until June 16th when it was released. This falcon was observed within the area surrounding the hack site for 48 days. To attach a satellite transmitter, this falcon was recaptured on August 3rd, fitted with the transmitter and re-released into the gorge unharmed on August 7th. Since being fitted with the transmitter, this falcon has spent the majority of its time in southern West Virginia but has spent time in KY, VA, TN, IN, MI, IL, MO, and NC.