Macomb County's four newest Peregrine Falcons were named and banded today by Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel and representatives from the Department of Natural Resources.
The first of the three female falcons was named Hero to honor those involved with the defense industry.
The second was named COMTEC after the county's communications center that opened in December. Hankel wanted to honor Laura Peeples and Vicki Wolber, the two women responsible for running COMTEC.
The third female was named Jo after a former chaplain with the county's Sheriff's Office, Jo Kudela.
The fourth and only male was named Max after the man behind Macomb County Community College, Max Thompson.
"I named these four falcons after people that have made a special impact in Macomb County," said Executive Hankel. "I am honored that they have once again chosen to make Macomb their home."
The chicks were hatched in mid-May to parents Hathor and Nick at the Old Macomb County Building.
Other nests in Macomb County include:
2013: Oakland and Wayne
2012: Webber and Otis
2011: Diana, Edna and Rosie
2010: Harwell, Martha and Packard
2009: Cass, Tucker and Wetzel
2008: Clair, Clementine and Lenny
The Peregrine is a federally protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and are endangered under Michigan state law.
For more information on Macomb County's Peregrines visit www.macombcountymi.gov/peregrine.