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Two peregrine falcons released at Rock City Monday in effort to restore population

The brothers came to Chattanooga on May 30th as part of Rock City's partnership with the Wings To Soar program. The program's goal is to restore the birds of prey population in the region. (Image: WTVC)

Two peregrine falcons took their maiden flight in Tennessee Monday morning.

Heckle and Jeckle, named via a Facebook contest, are originally from Minnesota.

The brothers came to Chattanooga on May 30th as part of Rock City's partnership with the Wings To Soar program. The program's goal is to restore the birds of prey population in the region.


Since 2006, 14 peregrine falcons have flown through the aid of the program.

The two brothers hatched on April 17th, and are already fully grown.

NewsChannel 9 reporter Brandon Evans was at Rock City to see the birds soar.

And Brian Smith added a little touch of "Free Bird," a fitting song for the occasion:

Wings To Soar's John Stokes said he hopes these birds will eventually nest near the cliffs around Rock City.

"These [birds] were about 43 or 44 days old, and that's the optimum time to release them, so hopefully once they get their bearings and figure out, alright, I came from over there, maybe they'll come back over," Stokes said.

For more information about Wings To Soar, check out their website.


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