Peel – Many eyes have been on the skies around Etobicoke General Hospital this summer as a family of peregrine falcons have taken up residence behind the blue “H” sign on the east side of the hospital at roof level. The parent falcons have nested at the hospital site for many years, returning this year to raise a family.
This summer, the parent falcons – christened ‘Hurricane’ and “Chessie’ by hospital staff – welcomed two new hatchlings to their family, one male and one female.
The peregrine falcon is an endangered species, which the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources tracks with leg bands. In early July, the Ministry was on-site at the hospital to determine the sex of each hatchling and band them for identification purposes. At that point, the hospital decided to hold a contest for staff to “officially” name each of the chicks.
Following spirited discussions amongst many staff and the submission of a number of thoughtful names, a selection committee announced that the two new peregrine falcon chicks would be named ‘Ossie’ and ‘Tobi’. The names were chosen because of their relationship to the organization and the hospital: Ossie for William Osler Health System and Tobi for Etobicoke General Hospital.
“It is a common site these days to see people walking towards the hospital and looking up to see the parent falcons flying in and out of their nesting area, or perched on the nearby hydro lines,” said Ann Ford, VP, Development and Support Services, William Osler Health System. “We are excited to have the opportunity to host these falcons while they raise their family, and pleased that our staff could take part in naming an endangered species.”