Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And the Names are....

The voting is complete. Drum roll...
This year's Columbus falcon chicks will be named:

Thanks to all the students of Royal Manor Elementary School in Gahanna for participating in the naming contest and thanks to everyone that voted (there were over 2,700 votes!!). The students submitted a lot of well thought out names.

During the time that the students were submitting their names, I was invited out to the school to talk to the 5th grade science classes about the peregrine falcon project. It was very exciting and motivating to see their enthusiasm firsthand. The students have been learning about ecosystems, food webs, food chains and how peregrines play a role in an urban environment.

For their names being chosen as the winners in a democratic process, the following students are invited to the banding:
Sydney Culp- Bolt
Megan Rogers- Flash*
Zachary Lawson- Flash*
Alexis Alexander- Storm
*The name Flash was submitted by two students.  Usually when this happens we select one student to represent the winning name.  However, since the 4th egg did not hatch we elected to invite both students to the banding.

The 2015 banding of the Columbus Peregrine Falcon chicks  is scheduled for Monday May 18th at 10 a.m. It will be live streamed on the Division of Wildlife's FalconCam website.

This is the last year for Ohio's peregrine falcon banding program. The falcon population has recovered to a point that they were removed from the Federal Endangered Species list in 1999 and will be removed from Ohio's Threatened Species list later this summer. The recovery of the peregrine falcon, like the American bald eagle and white-tailed deer, is a wildlife management success story! After delisting, peregrine falcons will still be protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (as are songbirds and other raptors including hawks and owls). The Division of Wildlife will continue to monitor the peregrine falcon population statewide but to a lesser extent.
The success of Ohio's peregrine falcon project would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication for over two decades by state and federal agency employees, non-profit organizations, individual building owners and countless volunteers, including the tens of thousands of Internet viewers around the world who support and follow the Columbus peregrine falcons.  THANKS to ALL.