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What Should These UC Berkeley Falcon Chicks Be Named?

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The newest peregrine falcons hatched atop Berkeley's Campanile bell tower will soon have new names. (Sean Peterson/Cal Falcons)

2206-82959 and 2206-82960.

Those are the official names of two peregrine falcon chicks that hatched atop UC Berkeley's Campanile bell tower last month. But they don't exactly have the best ring to them.

That's why the school is holding a public contest to name the birds on social media.

Last year, school officials held a similar contest for three falcon chicks that were also born atop the Campanile.


One could say the winners were elemental, my dear Watson. In true Berkeley fashion, the baby birds were named in honor of three elements discovered at Berkeley: Berkelium, Californium and Lawrencium.

This year's contest is just getting underway, but there are already a number of suggestions, ranging from the obvious:

To the scientific:

To some more current events-inspired names:

School officials are asking the public to submit their suggestions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The most liked names, they say, will move on to final voting Tuesday evening, although they say they "reserve the right to veto unoriginal joke names like 'Birdy McBirdface.'"

If you're planning to enter some names into the contest but want to get to know the chicks a little first, you can watch a live webcam of the birds here:

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