Peregrine Parents Pay Toll For Laying in Lethal Lair
George and Gracie, well documented and beloved downtown duo, have apparently laid new falcon eggs on the central anchorage of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Fans of their future fledgling falcons, worried the babies may fall onto the roadway after hatching, are sending meddling members of UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group to remove the eggs. The lil’ raptors, known to ornithologists as “eyases” will instead be hatched in a research facility down the coast in Santa Cruz, where we can assume baby bird birkenstocks are more widely available, and the Grateful Dead plays in the incubator on an endless mellowing loop…
For three of the past 5 years the celebrity peregrine pair nested on a ledge 33 floors above the financial district at 77 Beale Street on the PG & E bldg. A web cam was installed in 2005 so voyeuristic fans from around the world could observe the pair via the Internet.
for more background and details on this story as it hatches see the links after the fold
Peregrines are a fully protected and endangered species in California after the population declined to zero known nesting pairs east of the Mississippi. Today, there are an estimated 250 peregrine falcon nesting pairs in California, but I’m sure he Bush admin’s planned war on the endangered species act revealed this week will straighten out this growing menace.
According to PG & E, who help fund the research & egg intervention,
“In 2004, George and Gracie successfully hatched two eggs at the PG&E nest and later returned in 2005 to raise four more eyases. Last year the couple hatched one egg in a planter atop 201 Mission Street directly across from the PG&E nest on 77 Beale Street.”