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Taking Flight: The Peregrine Falcons of Mayo Clinic

A Coloring + Activity Book / Celebrating the World's Fastest Animal

Foreword by Angela C. Mattke / Illustrated by Narrated Objects
Published by Mayo Clinic Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

Your creativity will soar through coloring and other activities as you discover how the peregrine falcon is a force of nature — and healing — at Mayo Clinic.

Since 1987, a nest box atop the tall buildings at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been home to generations of peregrine falcons. Established to help save the endangered species, the Mayo Clinic Peregrine Falcon Program allows patients, staff and falcon fans around the world to watch — in person or online — as the falcons raise their young. Through these majestic creatures, we see that nature can be a vital part of the healing process and a reminder of the wonder of daily life.

Wildlife lovers of all ages can meet the falcons and learn about the earth’s fastest animal through fun activities and surprising facts. Inspiring stories, original illustrations, color photographs and a stunning four-color centerfold depicting a chick's development also bring the peregrines of Mayo Clinic to life. Printed on high quality paper ready to enhance with crayons, pencils, markers, or watercolors, each coloring page is perforated for easy removal and display.

Taking Flight: The Peregrine Falcons of Mayo Clinic is more than a coloring book — it’s a tribute to the resilience of the birds who inspired it.


Table of Contents: 
  • Benefactor acknowledgement (John T. and Lillian G. Mathews) and website address
  • The “Wanderer” Comes Home to Mayo Clinic (essay)
  • Falcon Facts: Fast and Fun
  • A Year in the Life of a Falcon
  • Coloring Pages (chronological development of the falcon: parents’ arrival, eggs, piping, banding and naming, feeding time, fledge, independence, migration and mating; pages facing each illustration will have a call-out detail for additional coloring along with brief editorial content to describe the image)
  • Activity Pages
  • Centerfold Migration Game

About The Authors

Matthew Dacy is the director of Heritage Hall, the museum of Mayo Clinic, and chair of the Heritage Days Committee. Heritage activities such as the Peregrine Falcon Program celebrate the history and culture of Mayo Clinic in support of Mayo’s primary value, “The needs of the patient come first.” Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Ripon College in Wisconsin and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He is executive producer of films and the author and editor of books and articles about Mayo Clinic as well as the website

Jackie Fallon has more than 30 years’ experience monitoring and conducting research on peregrine falcons in the Upper Midwest region.  She is the Vice President of Field Operations for the Midwest Peregrine Society, which is the organization responsible for restoring peregrine falcons to 13 states and two Canadian provinces.  Jackie has been involved with the Mayo Peregrine Falcon program since 1990 and conducts educational programming throughout the region, reaching more than 50,000 people annually.

Jeanne M. Klein serves as the coordinator of the Mayo Clinic Heritage Days Program, partnering with many team members to develop and offer a wide range of creative projects that celebrate the history and strengthen the culture of Mayo Clinic. Jeanne has a bachelor’s degree in mass media/communications from St. Cloud State University. Her work on projects varies as much as the projects themselves — from project management and financial oversight to editing and proofreading. She is the managing producer of the Mayo Clinic Heritage Films series as well as the website

About The Illustrator

Narrated Objects is a creative collective that develops books, products, and events to benefit causes close to our hearts. Our mission is threefold: to provide individuals with outlets to share their diverse experiences and talents, to enrich people’s lives through unique multimedia stories, and to collaborate with nonprofit organizations and community leaders to raise awareness of important issues.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Mayo Clinic Press (May 3, 2022)
  • Length: 64 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781893005822
  • Ages: 4 - 99

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