Apr 14 2008
Erie, the original male peregrine at University of Pittsburgh, is gone but not forgotten. He lives on in the falcons he fathered – Pitt peregrine alumni who now live elsewhere.
This beautiful picture is Erie’s son Stammy. Born on the Cathedral of Learning in 2003, he’s nested in Youngstown, Ohio since 2005. In Pennsylvania we don’t name peregrines when they’re banded, so he wasn’t known as Stammy until he got to Youngstown where he was named for the building he calls home.
Thanks to this photo from Chad & Chris Saladin, we’re able to read Stammy’s bands and learn two things: where this bird was born and that he’s alive and well.
Photos like this – in which we can read the bands – are how we keep track of peregrines. Based on bird band reports we know Erie & Dorothy’s children and grandchildren range from Pittsburgh to Michigan. The ones who’ve established homes are:
- Louie: born in 2002, nests at the Gulf Tower in Pittsburgh.
- Stammy (pictured): born in 2003, nests in Youngstown, Ohio.
- Hathor: born in 2003, nests in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
- Belle: born in 2003, nests in the bell tower at University of Toledo, Ohio.
- Maddy: born in 2004, nests on the I-480 bridge near Cleveland, Ohio.
Quite a growing alumni organization!