Every year for the last 25 years, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota's raptor center have been placing tracking bands on baby peregrine falcons.
On Tuesday, ABC 6 News had the chance to go on the Mayo building's roof as bird caretakers removed two chicks from their nest. The mother falcon squawked in protest and flew around before perching on the Plummer building. Our crew then went downstairs to an event room where the chicks were shown off. Meanwhile, caretakers drew their blood samples, fed them medicine, and banded their legs.
"Seeing patients come every year asking about them wondering do you have any babies this year?...And so it's been really neat for our patients - so that's been the biggest thing I think," says Mayo Clinic employee, Tom Behrnes.