Big news! On January 7th, we successfully installed two cameras on the Campanile. The peregrines have both been visiting the nest site since the installation! The nest camera can be found here and the ledge camera can be found here.
And speaking of the campus’s celebrity couple: we have a winner in our naming contest. In honor of some of Cal’s greatest scientific minds, the male Peregrine Falcon will be named “Grinnell” after Joseph Grinnell and the female Peregrine Falcon will be named “Annie” after Annie Montague Alexander.
Annie Alexander was a renowned naturalist and philanthropist who founded the University of California’s Museum of Paleontology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. She was one of the most influential naturalists of the early 20th century and a driving force behind University of California’s scientific direction.
Joseph Grinnell was hired by Annie Alexander as the founding director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. He was a man of remarkable foresight. He exhaustively catalogued the fauna of California across the state in the hopes that future scientists would be able to use that information to see an accurate snapshot of how much the state changed. Indeed, his studies are being repeated as the Grinnell Resurvey Project to assess effects of Climate change on the State’s fauna.
Our Berkeley Peregrine Webcam project has been a fantastic success and we cannot be more excited for the support that you have shown to these birds. Again, we send a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped us make this possible.
In addition to the donors to this project, we wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone else who has helped along the way, including UC Berkeley staff from Development and Alumni Relations, Facilities Services and Asset Management, Fund Management, Information Systems and Technology, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Police Department, Sather Tower building and Carillon program, Office of Communications and Public Affairs, and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, as well as organizations outside the University including the East Bay Regional Park District, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, and Institute for Wildlife Studies.
In the coming weeks, we will be shifting updates on the birds to our new facebook page.
We can’t wait for this nesting season to start! Expect to hear more from us shortly as the birds start to initiate nesting!