LINCOLN, Neb. – The two male and one female peregrine falcons raised at the Nebraska Capitol this year now have an enduring connection to the state where they were hatched and raised.
Two contestants submitted the winning entry in the Name the Chick Contest. The names Meadowlark, Goldenrod and Cottonwood were chosen. The names were suggested because they are Nebraska’s state bird, state flower and state tree, respectively.
Jeanne Hibbert of Sprague and Willie Braun of Lincoln submitted the winning entry.
The winning entry was one of six finalists selected out of 290 entries, which were voted on by the public. More than 850 votes were received. The two winners receive a stuffed toy peregrine falcon and a year’s subscription to NEBRASKAland Magazine. The young falcons have recently taken their first flights over the Capitol.
The Capitol falcons have successfully produced young in seven of the last eight years: one in 2005, three in 2006, four in 2007 and 2009, three in 2010, one in 2011, and two in 2012.
The birds still make appearances on live streaming video, which can be found at: http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2013/07/peregrine-webcam-click/.