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

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)
  • Guardians 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.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to about 7,300 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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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.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,300 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Reminder: Falcon name suggestions due late Sunday

UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication has received more than 75 submissions for Peregrine falcon names. You can still get in on the action. Nominations have to include a set of four names. Read more and submit here. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 18. A ballot and “reveal party” to follow. Stay tuned.

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.