Mary Hennen and Josh Engel from The Field Museum will band falcon chicks hatched at the Evanston Public Library Peregrine Falcon nesting site on Friday, May 27 at 11 am. The baby falcons (eyases) will also be named at the event which is free and open to the public. Hennen and Engel will take questions from the press and the public. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
And, a contest: Individuals are invited to submit names for the chicks by midnight May 20, with reasons for their choices accompanying the names. If one's name is chosen, he or she will get two front row seats for the banding event.
Falcon T-shirts are now for sale at the Main Library with beautiful original artwork by local Evanston artist Beth Adler, who recently donated a falcon painting to the library where it now hangs on the Library's third floor.
This is the 13th consecutive year that a pair of Peregrines has nested at the Evanston Public Library.
Once on the Endangered Species list, Peregrine Falcons have made a dramatic recovery. The banding process is a critical tactic in supporting the Peregrine population. The baby falcons will be removed from the nest, brought indoors for banding, blood sampling, and viewing, then returned to the nest. While some bird species are sensitive to human disturbance at the nest, Peregrines are able to handle it. The adults exhibit defensive behaviors such as yelling and flying at the intruders, but they are willing to accept the young when they are returned to the nest.
The EPL falcons can be viewed live at epl.org/falconcam. There is also a Yahoo group for Evanston Peregrine Falcon Watch. More information about the Chicago Peregrine Falcon program can be found at fieldmuseum.org/explore/illinois-peregrines.