Update, June 12: The peregrines, now known as Heckle and Jeckle, made a succesful flight on Monday morning. See the footage at www.facebook.com/SeeRockCityGardens.
Rock City has continued its partnership with Wings to Soar in an ongoing peregrine falcon restoration project with the goal of reestablishing peregrines to this region. Two brother falcons arrived at Rock City on May 30, 2017 and were placed in a hack box to prepare for release into the wild at sunrise on Monday, June 12. These young brother birds, being from the same clutch, are from Breeder Andy Kramer in Hastings, Minnesota and were hatched April 17.
This is the eighth peregrine release from Rock City since the project’s inception in 2006. The first pair of birds released were fittingly named after Rock City’s founders, Garnet and Frieda. Since then, 10 other peregrines have flown from the hacking site, most of the names chosen by Rock City’s Facebook followers: Rocky, Ted, Zenith, Chatty, Lookout, Fourscore, Orville, Wilbur, Lewis and Clark.
Once again, Rock City has encouraged its social media followers to help name these two birds and the winner is to be announced this Friday. Live from the hack box, viewers can watch the birds anytime on the webcam feed at www.seerockcity.com/falcons!
John and Dale Stokes with Wings to Soar also host Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Shows every Friday through Sunday during the summer through Labor Day and daily June 30 – July 9. Find out more at www.seerockcity.com/birds.
Rock City Gardens just celebrated its 85th anniversary on May 21 and believes in continuing a legacy of environmental efforts, sustainability and land conservation. Rock City, high atop Lookout Mountain is just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. A consistent stewardship program has preserved Rock City Gardens as a showcase of more than 400 different wildflowers and plants native in the mountain area.