As many of you already know, each and every year our library plays host to a pair of beautiful peregrine falcons. This year is no different and I’ve had the privilege of watching the two swoop, chatter, and generally make a racket outside my workplace’s window. However, all is not business-as-usual with the falcons this time around. You see, for the past twelve years the falcons have consisted of Nona and Squawker. Each year they show back up in the early spring and the Evanston Watch Group will get a read on their leg bands to ascertain that they are the same falcons again. Only this year, only Squawker showed up with a leg band. You know what that means, don’t you? We have a new female peregrine falcon on our hands. While we here at the library have had fun giving the new unbanded falcon a variety of tasteful monikers (“Homewrecker” and “Hussy” came immediately to mind) she’ll have an official name soon enough. The new female, according the Watch Group, is young, just getting out of her juvenile plumage. This will be her first year laying eggs, so we’ll cheer her on as she does. Local photographer Ted Glasoe was able to catch this shot of her as she alighted from a building. I think you’ll have to agree, she’s a true beauty. Remember to watch our FalconCam for a live feed of the birds. And if you want to do some reading up, be sure to check out the Reading List of Falcon Titles we have here at the library for your convenience.
Falcon watchers rejoice! Not only have Nona and Squawker just hatched the newest additions to their falcon family, but now they’re also the stars of a special photography exhibit by Ted Glasoe. An award-winning Evanston artist, Glasoe has captured more than 3500 stunning images of our EPL falcons over the past five years, and for this must-see display, he selected the 10 shots that best “show the peregrine’s beauty, power, and personality.” The exhibit runs until June 8th on the 2nd floor landing of EPL’s Main Library, and you can see even more of Glasoe’s work by visiting his website. Don’t miss it!
Throughout the month of July EPL is pleased to present the work of Alice Dubois, the latest artist to be featured in our local artist exhibition series. Ms. Dubois’ colorful canvases draw inspiration from nature, literature, and music and combine various artistic styles into a striking, unique, and eerily beautiful whole. She lives and makes her art right here in Evanston, Illinois and has even been inspired by EPL’s family of peregrine falcons to make a brand new painting featured in her exhibit. You can see Ms. Dubois’ artwork throughout July on the 2nd Floor of the Evanston Public Library. And stay tuned to our Off the Shelf blog for an interview with the artist coming up later this month.