A Falcon’s Visit

The Evanston Public Library is the host to a pair of Peregrine Falcons each year, which means sighting them isn’t a big surprise.

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However, having one right outside your window and watching it devour a pigeon is quite the thrilling distraction from other chores.

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I had to ship an order so I reluctantly went out to run my errand.

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Upon my return, the falcon was still there.

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I watched a squirrel get too close and be chased away.

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Since 2004, the Library’s third floor window ledge has become a nesting site for falcons. Since 2005 Nona has come to lay her eggs, and as of 2006 she was accompanied by Squawker.  A falcon cam tracks the nest when eggs are laid and hatchlings come out.

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Each year the hatchlings receive names voted on by the community, and after their banding ceremony by wildlife preservation experts they are free to roam Evanston and beyond.

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While I was distracted that day, I am heeding this totem animal’s call to focus and strategize.

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“When they show themselves to us, we are being called to focus on our desires and our goals, and do what is necessary to bring our desires into our reality.”

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