Peregrine lookout!

Faculty and staff are asked to keep an eye out for the young peregrine falcons as they attempt to fly during this time. If found on the ground, Public Safety 465-2300, #2 should be alerted, as they are trained to handle the birds and get them back to their nest. Please stay with the falcon until Public Safety arrives, as the birds will wander off and attempt short flights. Last year five trips were made to get the falcons back to the nest before they were truly ready to fly. Thank you for looking out for our young!

Rupert and Mimi are proud parents once again

It’s a girl! And a boy! And another boy! Well, one female and two males. Resident Peregrine parents Rupert and Mimi, were once again successful in hatching three fuzzy falcons near the rooftop of UW-Green Bay’s makeshift cliff, the Cofrin Library. They were banded Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the plaza level of the Cofrin Library. See video and photos.

2018 peregrine falcon hatchlings, Annie, Gary, and Tom

Banding together: Annie, Gary and Tom

It’s a girl! And a boy! And another boy! Well, one female and two males. Resident Peregrine parents Rupert and Mimi, were once again successful in hatching three fuzzy falcons near the rooftop of UW-Green Bay’s makeshift cliff, the Cofrin Library. They were banded Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the plaza level of the Cofrin Library.

It’s the second consecutive successful hatch on the campus, thrilling bird-lovers who are cheering on the endangered birds as they are reclaiming territory in Northeast Wisconsin. Peregrine falcons are native to Wisconsin but had vanished by the 1960s due to habitat loss and extremely low production of young. Pesticides such as DDT thinned the eggs of the raptors, causing them to fail. One of the eggs did not hatch and will be kept for research purposes.

The seven-week-old falcons were quickly named this year (no campus contest) for those who helped Greg Septon (Wisconsin Falcon Watch) with the banding process. Annie (for Annie and Paul Mueller — bird enthusiasts who have donated a sum of money to install a webcam for the next year’s nest box), Gary (for Chancellor Gary L. Miller) and Tom (for Tom Erdman, Emeritus Curator, Richter Museum). Congratulations to the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and all involved with this success story!

Read last year’s story which provides a brief history of the falcon reintroduction on the UW-Green Bay campus. See more photos taken by Richter Museum Curator Daniel Meinhardt.

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Peregrine Falcon Banding 2018
– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communications

 

WPR: UW-Green Bay welcomes Peregrines

Wisconsin Public Radio is helping tell the success story about UW-Green Bay’s Peregrine falcons. Once thought to be on the brink of extinction, they are now finding success in manmade “cliffs” and urban settings. Reporter Patty Murray takes some time to discuss with curator of UW-Green Bay’s Richter Museum, Tom Erdman. Listen to the interview.

Falcon on Cofrin Sign

Winning names of UW-Green Bay Peregrine falcons are…

The Cofrins! About 400 ballots were cast to name the Peregrine falcons hatched at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library in May. By popular vote, the falcons will be named Austin, David, Douglass and Peter, respectfully honoring the four deceased male members of the Cofrin family who, through philanthropic support, helped build and sustain the University. The Peregrines, on Wisconsin’s endangered list, prompted more than 170 name nominations (the farthest from France). The Cofrins received 21% of the vote, followed closely by Phoenix, Pharrell, Phillip and Phineas and Art, Ed, Biz and Cy. The Packers (Aaron, Jordy, Randall and Clay) came in fourth. The successful hatching is the first at UW-Green Bay since the first nesting pair was seen on campus about seven years ago.

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Peregrine Falcon Name Reveal

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Peregrine falcon name reveal and celebration Wednesday

The ballots are in! Gather at noon on Wednesday, June 28, during Get the Scoop on the Student Services Plaza, behind the University Union (2430 Campus Court, Green Bay, Wis.) for a name reveal and celebration of the University’s resident Peregrine falcons. This is the first successful hatch on campus of the Wisconsin endangered species. Enjoy falcon-themed flavored ice cream for purchase, Peregrine falcon trivia for a prize, a short presentation and the reveal of the winning names for the Peregrine youth. The rain location will be in the University Union, in front of The Phoenix Bookstore.

Get the Scoop, sponsored by the University Union, runs from 11 a.m. to 1p.m., offering two scoops for $2. Enjoy these flavors inspired by our feathered friends:

Hatchday Cake (Birthday Cake)

Territorial Turtle (Sea turtle)

Peregrine Pellets (Elephant Tracks)

Falcon Droppings (Mint Chocolate Chip)

Chocolate Cofrin Cliff (Chocolate)

Downy Vanilla (Vanilla)

 

Voting open until noon Thursday to name Peregrine falcons

UW-Green Bay opens voting to public for Peregrine falcon naming

GREEN BAY – It’s time to name those Peregrine falcons!

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating its first successful hatching of Peregrine falcons on campus. The four males Peregrines (listed on Wisconsin’s endangered list) hatched in May on the Cofrin Library. Nearly 130 nominations for naming have been entered and narrowed for voting. Voting is open until Noon, Thursday, June 22. A small reveal celebration is being planned for Noon, Wednesday, June 28 on the Student Services Plaza.

The final ballot includes nods to UW System mascots, the Cofrin family (philanthropic supporters), the Green Bay Packers and a few pop culture references. Some of the creative “honorable mentions” not included on the ballot, are:

  • Falcy McFalcon Face
  • U, W, R, F – (A nice try by UW-River Falls, home of the Falcons)
  • Guardian of the Galaxy characters
  • Lord of the Rings characters
  • You, Double You, Gee and Bee

Online voting for the finalists can be found at bit.ly/UWGBfalcon. Tom Erdman, erdmant@uwgb.edu, director of UW-Green Bay Richter Museum, is overseeing the health and welfare of the birds.

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Vote now for your favorite Falcon names

One of four young male falcons keeps a watchful eye on the campus courtyard…and the approaching photographer.                                                                                                                                                   Photo credit: Tom Erdman, The Richter Museum for Natural History

Voting has closed

It’s time to name those falcons! The University community and members of the public are invited to take part in naming the historical, first successful Peregrine falcon hatch on the UW-Green Bay campus.

Thank you to everyone who provided potential names for campus’s fierce falcon foursome. More than 120 groups of names were submitted by students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members! The small working group responsible for review of the nominations found the suggestions amusing and creative and had difficulty paring down options for the official ballot. Some of the creative “honorable mentions” not included on the ballot:

Falcy McFalcon Face

U, W, R, F – (A nice try by UW-River Falls, home of the Falcons)

Guardians of the Galaxy characters

Lord of the Rings characters

You, Double You, Gee and Bee

What made it on the ballot? You will have to vote to find out! Voting is open through Thursday, June 22 at noon. A celebration and name reveal will occur Wednesday, June 28 at noon in conjunction with Get the Scoop on the Student Services Plaza.

Falcons endure feather-ruffling week

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Photo by: Erica Grunseth, Cofrin Library

The UW-Green Bay Peregrine falcons are doing well after a feather-ruffling week. The foursome and their parents have been seen (and heard) perching on the Cofrin Library and elsewhere on campus as they learn to hunt and take flight. Last week Tuesday (June 13), one young falcon faltered during flight lessons, and was trapped on the third floor entrance overhang of Cofrin Library (or maybe he was attempting to check out a book on learning to fly?). He was quickly rescued thanks to Tom Erdman (Richter Museum of Natural History) and Officer Jones (Public Safety).

All four young peregrines (endangered in Wisconsin) weathered the severe storms last week, including strong winds and heavy rain. After the Wednesday, storm and tornado warnings, “all were perched on the roof (north side) at sunset drying themselves,” Erdman shared. “This has been a steep learning curve for them and us!  Only with the help from members of facilities and security was this nesting attempt a success. Their help is greatly appreciated.”

Help the Phoenix name the Falcons

young-peregrines-by-greg-septon

UW-Green Bay is proud to announce that after seven long years of trying, the University is now home to its first successful nesting of Peregrine falcons…and we need your help in naming our new feathered friends!

The four male eyasses (baby falcons) pictured above hatched in May on top of the University’s eight-story Cofrin Library. We’re so excited about our firstborn (err…first-hatched!) that we are inviting campus and community to take part in the naming process! Have an idea? Submit it using this form. Selected names will be part of the official ballot hitting social media next week. Names must be submitted in groups of four (example: Paul, John, George, and Ringo). Nominations must be received by midnight, Monday, June 19 to be considered for voting.

Submit your name ideas

Congratulations go out to proud parents Mimi and Rupert and the University’s Tom Erdman. Once on the endangered species list, Peregrines are now being successfully reintroduced into Wisconsin through efforts like those of Erdman, resident bird expert and curator of UW-Green Bay’s Richter Museum of Natural History.

Campus Cliffhanger: A team of volunteers bands together for successful birth and banding of Peregrine falcons

young-peregrines-by-greg-septonCongratulations to Rupert and Mimi, the Peregrine parents of four fuzzy eyasses (baby falcons) hatched recently on the UW-Green Bay campus. According to Tom Erdman, Director of the Richter Museum at the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, it is the first successful nesting since the Peregrines first attempt in 2011, when “a fight with another Peregrine (interloper) resulted in eggs being lost that year.”

Peregrine falcons are native to Wisconsin but had vanished by the 1960s due to habitat loss and extremely low production of young. Pesticides such as DDT thinned the eggs of the raptors, causing them to fail.

It’s been a long, but now successful flight for the UW-Green Bay falcons. They first tried to nest on the Cofrin library roof, but since the roof space is rented to private companies it was deemed “dangerous” for the birds and people to be paired together. The following year, the nesting box was moved to Theatre Hall but ignored by the falcons. An attempt back to the Cofrin Library last year was nearly successful…

“We had Mimi plus an unbanded male,” Erdman explained. “Mimi laid eggs on a narrow ledge at the top edge of the vent shaft. Those eventually were accidentally knocked off and shattered below. We were able to retrieve one remaining egg which we placed in new trays. Mimi never returned to it…”

“Mimi started out with an unmarked male again who was present through most of the winter,” Erdman said. “Then he was replaced by Rupert in mid-April when the males were chasing each other around. Rupert was the champion (although he may not have any DNA in this set of young!) and is now being a very good food supplier to young and Mimi. So, it looks like the seventh year of attempting to nest here has finally been successful. I know (passionate birders) (Founding Chancellor) Ed Weidner and Dave Cofrin (Cofrin Library namesake) would both be very pleased!”

On May 27, 2017 a Peregrine falcon banding team assembled at UW-Green Bay to tag and document the four newly-hatched young of the Peregrine falcons nesting in the alcoves of the Cofrin Library. 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.

Congratulations to all!

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2017 UW-Green Bay Peregrines

– Photos by Greg Septon of Wisconsin Falconwatch, Nancy Nabak Green Bay Bird Club president and Tom Erdman, UW-Green Bay Richter Museum of Natural History