Public encouraged to name falcons before they fly the coop

Once endangered, the four Peregrines are the University’s first-ever successful nesting

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is asking for help from the public to name four male eyeasses (baby falcons) hatched in May on top of the University’s eight-story Cofrin Library. More than 75 submissions have been received since June 14. Ideas can be submitted from the falcon photo on the University’s homepage, www.uwgb.edu.

Names must be submitted in groups of four (example: Paul, John, George, and Ringo). Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 19 to be considered for voting. Submissions will pared by a small working group for a final ballot to be released to the public on Tuesday, June 20.

“We are thrilled about the responses from current students, alumni and faculty and staff,” says Jena Landers, the University’s social media coordinator. “On social media, we have had engagement from other Wisconsin colleges and universities including UW-River Falls, home of the Falcons. We have even received a submission from France.”

The birds’ parents are banded falcons Mimi and Rupert. Once on the endangered species list, Peregrines are now being successfully reintroduced into Wisconsin through efforts like those of Tom Erdman, resident bird expert and curator of UW-Green Bay’s Richter Museum of Natural History. On May 27, 2017 a Peregrine falcon banding team assembled at UW-Green Bay to tag and document the four newly-hatched young. The team of avian experts included Erdman, UW-Green Bay Richter Museum of Natural History, climber Eddie Feltes, Greg Septon of Wisconsin Falconwatch and Green Bay Bird Club president Nancy Nabak. Nabak documented the event in photos from inside the window well staircase.

Photos are available for download at https://www.flickr.com/photos/uwgreenbaynews/sets/72157681294847822.

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