The last place the rare northern aplomado falcon was known to nest before disappearing from the United States more than a half century ago was a grassy plain in southwestern New Mexico.
Through a reintroduction program, the falcon is returning to the grasslands near Deming.
Biologists placed four captive-bred falcons inside a large wooden box several feet above the desert floor today so they can get acclimated to their new home.
In a few days, the door on the box will be opened and the 35-day-old falcons will get to stretch their wings. The release is the first of many planned this year by The Peregrine Fund.
The group has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other state and federal agencies over the past decade to reintroduce the falcon in Texas and New Mexico.
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