Kinney, the peregrine who lived atop Market Tower Downtown, fledged 61 chicks during his lifetime. He died in 2012 at 19 years old.
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The peregrine falcon will be taken off Indiana's endangered species list - spelling success for the state's program. It was removed from the federal endangered list in 1999.
"With the delisting of peregrine falcons in Indiana we celebrate their dramatic population recovery and expect them to continue to thrive in the future," said John Castrale, a DNR nongame biologist who has spearheaded the state's peregrine reintroduction program that began in 1991.
The initial goal was to establish four nesting pairs in Indiana. It took just six years to reach that mark, and the numbers have climbed ever since - with 10 or more successful nesting pairs for 12 straight years. This summer, peregrines were found in 24 locations across the state, 17 pairs nested and 46 young were produced from 15 of the nests.
With the original goal exceeded, the DNR sought approval to remove the peregrine falcon from the state endangered list. The Natural Resources Commission authorized the move in July.
"Although this takes the peregrine falcon off the state endangered list, it's still a species of special concern and will have the same protections enjoyed by other migratory birds under state and federal laws," said Castrale.
Over a four-year period starting in 1991, the DNR released 60 young falcons in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville.
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