City needs help naming endangered chicks

May 16, 2018 by  

Residents of Rockford and surrounding areas such as Loves Park, Illinois are invited to name the chicks of two endangered peregrine falcons who have laid their eggs in the city.

The chicks, who are expected enter the world next week, are currently located in their nest on the eighth floor of the News Tower in an exterior drainage channel. According to sources, there are four eggs in total and it is believed that this is the first time ever that a pair of peregrine falcons has laid their eggs in the city.

In celebration of the occasion, the Rockford Register Star and the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are hosting a contest to help name the chicks. Residents in the area have until 11:59 pm this Friday, May 18, to submit their names through the Rockford Register Star website.

The director of the Chicago Peregrine Program at Chicago’s Field Museum, Mary Hennen, said about the contest:

“It creates a connection between the wildlife and the community and fosters that sense of ‘it belongs’ to them. You can use the peregrines as a springboard to other conservation efforts in the area.”

Voting will take place from May 21 through 28, and the winners will win money for each successfully named and hatched chick. To register names or carry out flyer printing with the necessary voting information, visit the Rockford Register Star website.