NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Dozens of southern Indiana students took an educational trip Monday to a Duke Energy power plant. 

About 50 third and fourth graders from Mt. Tabor Elementary watched three peregrine falcon chicks get banded Monday morning at Gallagher Station in downtown New Albany. The bands allow Indiana's Department of Natural Resources to track the birds' habitat and migratory behaviors. 

As in years past, the students were given the honor of naming the falcon chicks.

Duke Energy installed the nests in the 1990s as part of an effort to increase the peregrine falcon population. Information gathered over the years allows researchers to track population, behaviors and changes. 

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