June 6, 2023


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No more Mr. New Guy — UC Berkeley falcon gets a name

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Right after a couple weeks of currently being referred to as the New Person, a peregrine falcon that swooped in to save the nest atop UC Berkeley’s Campanile, has earned a name.

Meet up with Alden, named for the late Alden Miller, who was an American ornithologist and Berkeley alumnus. Alden — the hen, not the ornithologist — has turn out to be the new mate of Annie, a peregrine falcon that has roosted on the tower due to the fact 2016.

Annie’s longtime mate, Grinnell, was killed on March 31 after a somewhat chaotic handful of months that experienced viewed Grinnell wounded in a territorial dispute, his return to the nest, Annie’s transient disappearance and presumption of loss of life, her mysterious but celebrated return and the profitable reunion of the pair.

At the time of Grinnell’s death — it’s thought he was struck by a automobile — Annie had laid two eggs. Supporters of the pair, who view their life unfold through 3 cameras concentrated on the bell tower roost, feared for the future of the nest due to the fact a one falcon are not able to incubate eggs and consider care of hatchlings on his or her possess.

In hrs of Grinnell’s death, having said that, New Guy confirmed up and uncovered Annie not at all averse to his courtship moves. The two swiftly mated and New Male, as he was dubbed, started bringing Annie items of food stuff and having a switch sitting on the eggs, which shortly amplified to 3. New Guy is not banded, but he is quickly determined by a limp brought on by a healed injuries to just one leg.

Due to the fact of the volatility of the scenario, Cal Falcons, a team of UC Berkeley industry experts who monitor the nest, was hesitant to give New Male a identify. There have been other males, called floaters, in the spot, and it was uncertain whether New Male would adhere all-around.

When it appeared Annie and New Guy have been definitely a point, Cal Falcons sought title suggestions with connections to the college and held an on line vote amid the eight finalists — Alden, Lou, Archie, Savio, Takaki, Ed, Ned, Morgan and Calvin. Alden took an early direct and received with 29 per cent of the vote.

Annie’s new mate, Alden, usually takes a turn at incubating three eggs. (Courtesy Cal Falcons) 

The name is component of a symmetry that flows — with a good deal of fast turns, not as opposed to a falcon in flight.

Annie is named following Annie Alexander, an explorer and philanthropist who launched the university’s Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Grinnell was named right after Joseph Grinnell, who was Alexander’s option to head the vertebrate museum.