City hall announces names for falcon chicks

Hope, Horacio, Thunder and Cobalt are the new, contest-winning names of the San Jose City Hall peregrine falcon chicks.
May 10, 2012 8:44:14 PM PDT
Hope, Horacio, Thunder and Cobalt are the new, contest-winning names of the San Jose City Hall peregrine falcon chicks.

After the chicks were hatched on March 29, City Hall officials held a contest for young people ages 5 to 18 to choose names for the one female and three male birds.

After collecting name entries from applicants, including 80 San Jose students, a volunteer panel chose about 10 final names, including seven boy names and three girl names, and offered them for up for public vote. The contest closed Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The San Jose students who submitted the winning names are from Ben Painter Elementary School and Horace Mann School.

The lucky winners will receive passes to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, a school assembly with Glenn Stewart of the University of California at Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, and a commendation from Mayor Chuck Reed at a future city council meeting.

The falcon chicks are expected to begin "fledging," in the coming weeks, meaning they will soon begin learning to fly and leave the nest at City Hall.


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