Peregrine Falcons Hatch In Evanston; You Have A Chance To Name Them

Bernie Tafoya
May 22, 2018 - 10:58 am

Evanston Public Library

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Four peregrine falcon chicks have hatched outside the Evanston Public Library, and officials want to give the public a chance to name them.

Library spokeswoman Jill Schacter said the falcons hatched between last Friday and Sunday.

The falcons have nested outside the library’s third floor windows for the past 15 years. Schacter says this was the thirteenth year for the male, Squawker, and the second year for the female, Faye.  This year, though, Schacter said the falcons changed pillars for the first time.

“We’re very excited to have four in the nest. There was some speculation that we’d only have three since the first egg kind of sat uncovered in the cold for a lot of the time," she said.

The public is invited to suggest names for the four chicks. Anyone whose name is chosen will win front row seats to the banding of the baby birds on Tuesday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Schacter said people should provide a reason they’ve suggested certain names.

“We want to know the meaning behind it. We want to know that some good thought has been put into why they’ve chosen a name,” she said.

Names should be sent to Schacter at the Evanston Public Library either by snail-mail or her email address: [email protected].

At the banding, Schacter said scientists from the Field Museum will climb a ladder to retrieve the chicks, take them inside and band them in order to keep track of them through their lives.

Then, Schacter said, the chicks will “be returned to the nest and the great thing about falcons is they can handle the fact that their babies have been touched by human and they do not abandon the nest.”

There is a falcon cam set up outside the peregrine falcon nest. You can view it at epl.org/falconcam.

“It’s quite cool [to watch> because they feed their young things like pigeons," Schacter said. 

And, she adds, “When they dive, they go at about 200 mph so it’s really kind of amazing. And we are like their rocky cliff.”