Utica’s Endangered Falcons have four chicks this year and the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project (UPFP) is asking for public participation in naming them. Individuals are asked to submit no more than four names of either gender. We believe that two nestlings are male and two are female, but it’s too early to tell for certain. All names submitted will receive careful consideration and selected finalists will be voted on by a UPFP naming committee. Participants whose names are chosen will receive a Utica Peregrine Falcon T-shirt. In the case of duplicate name submissions, only the first submission will be eligible for a prize. The T-shirts are to be awarded on the first Saturday of UPFP’s Fledge Watch, date to be announced. The Watch, which is organized to ensure the safety of the young falcons’ early flights, will take place in the vicinity of the Adirondack Bank Building in Downtown Utica. This naming contest is free and open to the public. The contest will run from May 28th to midnight on June 4th.
Participants are asked to refrain from submitting the names of celebrities (including actors, musicians, athletes and politicians). Additionally, participants are asked to include the reasons why they selected their names. All submissions must be made by going to the UPFP website and clicking on the Naming Contest tab. The UPFP website address is:
The deadline for submissions is midnight on June 4th. Selected names and contest winners will be announced on the UPFP website and the Falcon Watch Utica Facebook page.