Naming of UC Berkeley's newest falcon mate echoes historical Cal love story

Naming of UC Berkeley’s latest falcon mate echoes historic Cal love story

Picture taken from the Cal Falcons YouTube video of a peregrine falcon named Lou at UC Berkeley’s Campanile tower. (Cal Falcons/Youtube)

BERKELEY — He’s already made himself at dwelling in a perch subsequent to Annie, the beloved peregrine falcon that has roosted atop UC Berkeley’s Campanile tower since 2016.

Now, the girl’s latest love has a reputation: Lou. Which doesn’t appear in the slightest degree uncommon for a male falcon — till you discover out it’s brief for Louise.

“Lou” is a nod to Louise Kellogg, the companion of Annie’s human namesake, Annie Alexander, who based the Cal’s Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

The moniker was chosen from seven finalists in a naming contest sponsored by Cal Falcons, a fan group for the birds. After every week’s value of ballots had been counted, Lou got here out on high, incomes 28% of the 4,728 votes forged. The highest three runners-up? Marshawn, Archie and Morgan.

Lou began wooing UC Berkeley’s cherished feminine falcon with prey deliveries in January, dropping off small animals and birds on the tower’s perch searching on the Bay.

The male falcon is Annie’s third companion in a 12 months. Her longtime mate Grinnell died in downtown Berkeley final March, after that they had been collectively for six years. Alden, who swooped into the empty nest inside hours, disappeared in November.

After a 2022 chock filled with loss, will the third time be the appeal for long-lasting falcon love? It might be becoming, contemplating the human counterparts to Annie and Lou have a storied previous of their very own.

Kellogg and Alexander spent a lot of the first half of the twentieth century in a dedicated relationship, based on an internet archive of UC Berkeley’s LGBTQ historical past. After beginning as journey companions on a 1908 journey to Alaska to gather plant, animal and paleontological specimens, the 2 ended up spending 42 years collectively in partnership.

Sean Peterson, an environmental biologist with Cal Falcons who voted for the title “Lou,” pointed to the truth that the real-life couple was in a position to carve out a profitable life collectively, regardless of not residing in probably the most queer-friendly period.

“I feel the story of Annie and Louise actually resonated with folks,” Peterson mentioned in a launch from UC Berkeley. “It’s a basic love-triumphing-over-adversity story.”

Picture taken from the Cal Falcons YouTube video of peregrine falcons Annie, left, and Lou, which can be roosting on UC Berkeley’s Campanile tower. (Cal Falcons/Youtube) 

Since arriving in Berkeley seven years in the past, the birds have amassed a flock of followers each on campus and on-line; some have offered shirts that includes the falcons’ likenesses. Falcon memes and artwork initiatives abound. It is a phenomenon that some have dubbed “chook pleasure,” based on Glenn Phillips, govt director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

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