On June 4, Mary Hennen and Josh Engel from the Field Museum will band falcon chicks born at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The baby falcons, called eyases, will also be named at the event. Ms. Hennen and Mr. Engel will take questions from the press and the public. The public is invited, but seating is limited.
Once on the “endangered species” list, peregrine falcons have made a dramatic recovery. Today there are about 20 pairs of Peregrines in the Chicago area. 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.
This is the ninth year that Nona, the mother, and Sqauwker, the father, have nested together at the Library. This is the 11th consecutive year that a pair of peregrines has nested at the Evanston Public Library.
The EPL falcons can be viewed live at www.epl.org/falconcam. There is a dedicated falcon Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eplfalcons. More information about the Chicago Peregrine Falcon program can be found at http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/illinois-peregrines.The library is currently hosting a photography exhibit of the EPL falcons by Evanston photographer Ted Glasoe.