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Meet the Peregrine Team

 The recovery of the Peregrine can be credited to the countless individuals and organizations that have supported Peregrines throughout the years. Most important are the people that work in buildings where Peregrines nest or the neighbors in the high-rise next door that have a view of the eyrie. These folks spend hours keeping track of the birds and recording their progress.

For the Chicago Peregrine Program, the list of invaluable contributors is too numerous to name, but we’d like to express our deep appreciation to everyone for your continued support of the Peregrines. Because of you, we can celebrate the Peregrine’s recovery.

(Pictured (left to right) - Stephanie Ware, Mary Hennen, and Matt Gies)


 Mary Hennen is the Collections Assistant in the Bird Division at the Field Museum. In addition to her regular duties of caring for the ornithological collections, she directs the Chicago Peregrine Program.  Mary has been involved with peregrines since 1989 and took over as director in 1990.  Work with peregrines involves banding young, retrieving injured birds, and monitoring wild breeding pairs in Illinois. In addition, because of her interest in raptors, Mary has obtained two live, permanently disabled birds she uses for educational programs. One is a Peregrine, the other is a Red-tailed Hawk. Always a critical part in the recovery of any species is public educational programming that focuses on the importance of the species, as well as its biology and role in the environment. (link to email address)

Stephanie Ware began working with the Chicago Peregrine Program in 2006.  Initially, she monitored the Metropolitan Correctional Center nest in downtown Chicago.  Over time, her duties have expanded to include other nests in the metro region, emphasizing the identification of nesting adults.  In March of 2007, Stephanie created a group called Midwest Peregrine Falcons on the photo sharing website Flickr with the goal of providing a place for photographers across the country to submit their photographs of peregrine sightings in the Midwestern United States. She also has many of her own peregrine photos on Flickr as well.

 Matt Gies has worked on the Chicago Peregrine Program since its inception in 1986. His work includes attending hack (release) sites, banding birds, and measuring adult Peregrines and chicks, called eyases (EYE-ah-sez). Currently, Matt is the Registrar for the animal collection at the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Prior to his work at the Shedd, Matt held positions in the Conservation Department at Lincoln Park Zoo and in the Entomology Division of the Field Museum’s Zoology Department.

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