Nebraska Game and Parks staff is busy with the falcons nesting at the state Capitol.
The peregrine falcon chick has been banded, and nongame bird program manager Joel Jorgensen says the male bird is healthy.
“Now that we know the sex, we’ve started our ‘Name the Chick’ contest,” Jorgensen tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The chick has an official band on its leg, so it is known as P/46, for the time being.
“We invite anybody to submit a name and a justification on why their name is the best. The justification is really important. We look at that very closely. From all of the submissions, we’ll select a few finalists, and then we’ll have a public vote.”
You can submit a name for the falcon HERE.
At the same time that Game and Parks is tending to the new chick, its father, 19-K, is not so lucky. He was found injured Monday with a dislocated elbow.
“There were concerns that he had a broken wing, but a dislocation is a little less serious.”
Jorgensen says 19/K is being nursed back to health at Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery in Bellevue, and his condition will be reassessed in two to three weeks.
“The joint popped back into place and now the wing is wrapped,” Jorgensen says. “It’s going to take a couple weeks to find out what his status is. To see how that recovery goes.”