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9 peregrine falcons removed from Va. bridges

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 6:59am  ET

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Nine peregrine falcons have been removed from nesting sites at Hampton Roads bridges.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says employees with VDOT and the Williamsburg-based Center for Conservation Biology removed the falcons recently from the Berkley Bridge along Interstate 264, and the James River and Godwin bridges along U.S. Route 17.

VDOT says the birds were later released in the Shenandoah Valley.

The biology center's staff monitors known nesting sites each year in order to manage their populations.

Peregrine falcons became endangered decades ago because of pesticides. Populations have recovered since the ban on DDT in the 1970s but scientists band them to keep track of them.

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