Falcon naming finalists announced next week

May 8, 2009 1:35:30 PM PDT
Finalists in the contest to name San Jose's newest falcon babies will be announced next week when the birds are banded, according to a city spokeswoman.

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Clara, the city's beloved Peregrine falcon, hatched four eggs earlier this spring, and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is hosting the annual contest to name the babies.

On May 15, wildlife experts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, will place identifying bands on the babies and confirm their gender, city spokeswoman Michelle McGurk said.

The panel of local business and community members judging the naming contest will also announce the finalists. Winners will be chosen via online voting among members of the Yahoo discussion group dedicated to San Jose's falcons.

San Jose children age 5 to 17 submitted around 100 entries this year, McGurk said. Names must be clever, fitting and meaningful to the community, according to contest rules.

Last year the contest's winning entries dubbed Clara's three chicks Cielo, Meyye and Mercury.

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