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click to enlarge Kinney, the prolific peregrine falcon, will be missed. - IDNR/INDIANA OUTDOOR MAGAZINE
  • Kinney, the prolific peregrine falcon, will be missed.
  • IDNR/Indiana Outdoor magazine

Kinney, the peregrine falcon who lived atop Downtown's Market Tower, died last week at 19 years old. The bad news is that it appears he may have died as a result of collision with the building. "It's certainly unfortunate," John Castrale, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources nongame bird biologist, said in a news release announcing the death. "But the average age of a breeding peregrine is 6 to 7 years, so he's beaten the odds and lived a long, productive life." Kinney fathered an estimated 59 chicks in his lifetime, including two this year. So here's to you, Kinney, for making Downtown a little wilder. The DNR reported earlier this year that 16 peregrine nesting attempts have been counted statewide this year - three more than in any year since the state's peregrine reintroduction effort began more than 20 years ago.

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