Three of the four falcon chicks that live on top of San Jose's City Hall have hatched, and it's time for them to get names.
Mayor Chuck Reed announced today the annual falcon naming contest for San Jose kids, ages 5-18, says the Merc News.
There will be up to ten finalists, and judges will pick the names based on creativity, quality of the essays or artwork, and how the names reflect the lifestyle of the falcons.
Winners of the contest will get a mayoral commendation, two free passes to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, and a school assembly featuring Glenn Stewart, a biologist from the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group.
Submissions need to be sent in by 5 p.m. April 22 by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Falcon Naming c/o Mayor's Office, 200 E. Santa Clara St., 18th Floor, San José, CA 95113.
The finalists will be selected by April 29, when the public will be able to vote for their favorites online. The winning names will be announced on May 6.
This is the fifth nesting season in the Valley for mother falcon, Clara. The birds live on the 18th ledge of City Hall.
The falcon cam can be viewed at the Sana Cruz Predatory Bird research Group website.