Four new Peregrine falcons hatch above Mayo Clinic | KAALTV.com

Four new Peregrine falcons hatch above Mayo Clinic

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Created: June 21, 2020 10:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Peregrine falcons had disappeared in Minnesota back in the 1960s but thanks to dedicated experts the raptor has returned and starting to thrive with more than seventy nesting falcons in the state.

"Once a week I get to just sit and answer questions for people and just share the peregrine story," said Jackie Fallon,  vice-president of field operations for the Midwest Peregrine Society.

For years a banding ceremony has been held at Mayo Clinic drawing in crowds of patients and their families interested to learn about the raptors. After seeing a live adult falcon, Fallon and Mayo Clinic staff climb to the top of the building to retrieved the hatched falcons. During the ceremony, the crowd  get to see the baby falcon and lucky participants get the chance to choose a name. 

Due to COVID-19, the ceremony was not held this year, and Fallon said she missed the experience, "I miss my Friday morning with the patients. Not only getting to share the peregrine story but also just to see that excitement of seeing a peregrine up close," said Fallon.

Four chicks hatched this year, three girls and one male falcon. Videos were posted of the banding ceremony instead of holding it with people coming to Mayo Clinic. For the first time, Fallon along with patients, Mayo Clinic employees were able to name the chicks, "Their names are Annabelle, Glory, Nadia and Orville," she said. 

Fallon said she felt lie Nadia was a fitting name for her chic, because the name represents hope amidst the global pandemic, "The word Nadia or the name Nadia means hope in Russian, and I thought that was just a remembrance or a way to say that you know we do have hope of going on especially for those who are dealing in the front lines of this pandemic," said Fallon.

According to Fallon, the chicks should be taking their first flight within the next week. Footage of the falcons above Mayo Clinic can be seen through a live feed. To check out Mayo Clinic's Peregrine falcon program live cam, click on this link: http://history.mayoclinic.org/tours-events/mayo-clinic-peregrine-falcon-program.php


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