In May, we wrote about the Mayo Clinic Peregrine Falcon Program's 30th anniversary. As of June 26, all three chicks have fledged. We have occasionally seen one or two of the fledglings return to the nest box, which has been their home, but they are spending more and more time away from it now. They are most likely nearby, although out of view of the falcon cam. This is the time when the fledglings—Generose, Epic, and Lucky Lindy—are fine-tuning their flight skills. They also chase their parents for food and even make attempts at catching their own.
The chicks were banded and named on June 1.
Generose is named for Sister Generose Gervais, the fifth and final Sister administrator of Saint Marys Hospital.
Epic is named for the Plummer Project—Epic Implementation, the largest practice initiative ever undertaken by Mayo Clinic.
Lucky Lindy is the nickname of Charles Lindbergh, Minnesota native who collaborated with Mayo's aero-medical unit in World War II, which developed the G-suit, high-altitude oxygen mask, and other innovations. The year 2017 marks the 90th anniversary of Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight.