Tenth Batch of Library Baby Falcons Banded by Scientists
Scientists from Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Brookfield Zoo banded four baby peregrine falcons. They are the tenth batch of baby falcons, which are raptors (birds of prey), to be born at the library. The scientists also took blood samples for DNA tracking purposes along with feather samples. When they were finished, the fledglings were successfully returned to their nest. The falcons were named:
Shae - the only female in this year's batch, which is the feminine variant spelling of English unisex Shea, meaning "hawk-like." (also the name of a Game of Thrones character, a very popular series right now.
Gies - in honor of Matthew Gies’ work supporting Chicago area peregrines.
Platon Karataev - the “little falcon” character in War and Peace, a near-angelic peasant imprisoned with Pierre, Platon is endlessly optimistic, kind and generous.
Humphrey – after Humphrey Bogart, the actor who played Samuel Spade in the film “The Maltese Falcon.”
May 30, 2013