Mayo Clinic's Peregrine Falcon Program Helps Bring Species Off Endangered List

June 01, 2017 06:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) --  Thursday morning Mayo Clinic continued a tradition of banding peregrine falcons that went back 30 years.

Peregrine Falcons currently live at the top of the Gonda Building at Mayo Clinic, and have been since the early 1990's


The newest chicks were banded with a little metal tracker so that specialists can study them and hopefully help the species thrive.

So far, with the hospital's help, they've been successful in keeping the species off the endangered list.

"The birds are doing things we said no peregrine would ever do this, they'll never eat this, they'll never leave there. They haven't read the book they do whatever they need to do to survive," said Jackie Fallon, Vice President of the Midwest Peregrine Society.

Fallon has been banding falcons for over 30 years and still gets excited doing it every year.

"I’m fascinated with watching them hunt with preening, take a bath, sleep, feed babies watching chicks hatch. I mean I never get tired," she said.

The chicks are only 3-weeks-old, but will be set free in another three weeks.

"it will be exciting in here in the next couple of weeks when the three start flying around downtown Rochester," said Tom Behrens, manager of Mayo Clinic Facility Operations. 

Prior to naming the chicks Mayo Clinic also asked for help.  The winning names are Sister Generose, Epic, and Lucky Lindy.

You can watch the falcons at any time online on the falcon’s cam.


Lynnette Miller

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