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UC Berkeley's new peregrine falcon named after American ornithologist and Berkeley alumnus

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Berkeley’s new peregrine falcon officially named

Cal Falcons, a group of UC Berkeley experts that monitors the peregrine falcon nest atop UC Berkeley’s Campanile, has named the newest arrival to the roost, Alden, East Bay Times reports.

Alden was named after the late American ornithologist and Berkeley alumnus Alden Miller.

The new peregrine falcon arrived and began courting the other resident falcon named Annie shortly after Annie’s longtime mate, Grinnell, was killed after apparently being struck by a car on March 31.

Annie has been roosting atop Campanile since 2016 and had laid two eggs not long before Grinnell’s death. Alden wasted no time and began delivering gifts to Annie and took turns sitting on the eggs. The pair are now incubating three eggs.

However, experts were reluctant to give the new falcon a name, opting to call him “the new guy,” due to the volatile nature of the situation, including other male falcons in the area called “floaters,” until it became obvious that Alden and Annie were an item.

The monikers bestowed upon the resident falcons by the group of experts reflect UC Berkeley’s history and a connection to real people. Annie was named after Annie Alexander, who founded Berkeley’s Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Alexander was an explorer and philanthropist.

The late Grinnell was named after Joseph Grinnell, who was selected by Alexander to run the vertebrate museum.

To properly reflect history, the new falcon was named after Miller, who became Grinnell’s successor at the museum.

Piedmont mayor delivers first state of the city address since 2016

Piedmont Mayor Teddy Gray King delivered the city’s first State of the City address Monday, reviewing the goals and successes of Piedmont before an in-person crowd at City Council chambers, East Bay Times reports.

The last State of the City address was delivered in 2016 by then-mayor Margaret Fujioka.

​​“After two long years of the pandemic and countless mind-numbing Zoom meetings, I am thrilled we are finally able to join together in Piedmont’s own City Hall,” said King.

King’s 45-minute address covered infrastructure improvement, such as improving city streets, dealing with regional housing mandates and confronting climate change with the appointment of sustainability manager Alyssa Dykman.

King applauded Piedmont police, fire and medical personnel who have been making strides to keep the community safe. The mayor also noted that fire Chief Dave Brannigan has kept the fire department running around the clock while sending crews to help fight the fires in Butte, Plumas, Lassen and Shasta counties.

In addition, Mayor King recognized numerous other city departments such as the recreation department that ran the only organized outdoor activities during COVID restrictions, while the city’s Public Works Department worked hard to plant new drought-tolerant plants and installed various traffic-calming measures on City streets.

Large cleanup event at Montclair Park to celebrate Earth Day
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A community cleanup will take place this Saturday at Montclair Park from 9 a.m to 1 p.m with a free BBQ starting at 12:30 p.m., East Bay Times reports.

Those wishing to join the effort can bring their own tools or use ones provided onsite at the event. Kids are welcome to join and help out or go fishing for crawdads in the pond.

The event will also give participants an opportunity to show their appreciation for Oakland police officers, firefighters, first responders, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, Oakland Unified School Police and Oakland Housing Authority Police.

Numerous other events are taking place around Oakland Saturday including, the High Street Coalition street cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Redwood Heights Association cleanup and gardening at Redwood Heights Park, among others. Click here to see the full list of Earth Day events in Oakland.

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