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.
Falcon cams can be viewed at:
Fort Wayne: www.aep.com/go/FalconCam
Indianapolis (downtown): http://blogs.indystar.com/falconblog/
Indianapolis (south side): http://apps.iplpower.com/axis/falcon.aspx
South Bend: www.southbendin.gov/falcam