KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOTV) Fifth Third Bank is collecting name suggestions from the community to name three banded peregrine falcon chicks.
In early May, four chicks hatched in a nesting box on top of the Fifth Third Bank building in downtown Kalamazoo. Unlike other banded birds, peregrine falcons are given a name when banded. With each band number, a name is entered into a national peregrine falcon registry and birds are referred to by name.
Fifth Third Bank would like the community to choose names for three of the chicks. The fourth chick will be named by a sixth grade classroom at Parchment Middle School.
Community members are invited to stop by any Kalamazoo-area Fifth Third Bank by July 21 to submit a name suggestion and share the reason for the name.
“The DNR and Kalamazoo Audubon Society were gracious in offering the bank the opportunity to name our resident birds,” said Ron Foor, Fifth Third Bank vice president of commercial banking and community president for the Kalamazoo region. “As we thought about naming the family of birds again this year, we realized this peregrine family is a story the community follows and embraces – and since the story belongs to all of us, we should all be part of naming the birds.”
Name ideas for the three birds may be submitted at the following Fifth Third Bank locations:
- Burdick/Crosstown,101 East Crosstown Pkwy in Kalamazoo
- Gull Road, 5653 Gull Rd. in Kalamazoo
- Kalamazoo Downtown,136 E. Michigan Ave. in Kalamazoo
- Milwood, 4109 Portage Rd. in Kalamazoo
- Westwood , 4705 West Main St. in Kalamazoo
- Crossroads, 6488 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage
- West Lake, 8910 Portage Rd. in Portage
- Woodbridge, 3500 West Centre Rd. in Portage
- Richland, 8020 North 32nd in Richland
- Oshtemo, 6040 Stadium Dr. in Kalamazoo
- Three Rivers, 216 North Main St. in Three Rivers
- Paw Paw, 37687 Red Arrow Highway in Paw Paw
Based on the submissions, a committee of community leaders will review and select the final name on July 23.
Peregrine Falcons came near extinction and remained on the list of federally endangered species until 1999. The Peregrine Falcon remains on the endangered species list in Michigan.