Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society announced that the banding of its five newest Tower-top residents will take place Monday, June 3 on the 28th floor of the Woodmen Tower. This is the 25th year in which peregrine falcons have chosen to nest atop the Tower and the second year in which falcon pair Mintaka and Hera have produced offspring. Raptor Recovery Nebraska and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin the banding at 10:00 a.m., and at this time will also take blood and determine genders. Woodmen of the World will present a $500 donation to Raptor Recovery Nebraska and a $250 donation to the NE Game and Parks Commission to thank them for their work with the peregrine falcons.
Once genders are determined, as part of the 25th anniversary of the Woodmen Tower Falcon program celebration, Woodmen of the World will be holding the annual “Name the Falcon” contest again this year through Facebook (Facebook.com/WOWInsurance).
Fans will enter their group of five names on the Woodmen of the World Facebook contest tab through noon on Monday, June 10. After an internal WOW committee reviews the names, the top five groups will be re-posted on the WOW Facebook contest tab, where fans can then vote for their favorite. The top five selections will be posted and voting will begin on Thursday, June 13 and last through noon, on Thursday, June 20. The winner will be announced on Friday, June 21 via Facebook, followed by Twitter and the FalconWatch blog.