Falcon Released in Downtown Lansing

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Michigan's efforts to rebuild its peregrine falcon population scored an apparent success Monday.

Department of Natural Resources specialists released a rehabilitated chick in downtown Lansing, hoping to reunite the bird with its parents. The six-week-old male is from the first successful nesting of a falcon introduced to the Lansing area about five years ago.

The peregrine falcon is listed as an endangered species in Michigan. State wildlife officials say pesticides destroyed the population in the 1950s and '60s.