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Four gentoo penguin chicks got a warm reception at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium Wednesday as zoo director Dennis Pate introduced the newcomers, above. Then it was on to the penguins’ new habitat, where the chicks chilled in the falling snow, right. The gentoo chicks are each about 2 months old; their sexes are not yet known. The births bring the zoo’s total gentoo penguin population to 37. See video of the chicks’ big day at

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The public chose the name “Dinan” for the peregrine falcon chick raised in a nest box at the Nebraska Capitol this year. John J. Dinan was the former nongame bird program manager at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission who was instrumental in starting the peregrine falcon projects at the Nebraska Capitol and WoodmenLife Tower in Omaha.

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One male peregrine falcon chick from the nest box near the top of the Nebraska Capitol building was banded and given a checkup on Tuesday, June 7.

Awaiting a food delivery from their soaring parents, a pair of hawk chicks sit in a nest high in a cottonwood tree south of Morrill.

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