Highland Hospital needs your help naming its red-tailed hawks

For the past few months, hospital staff and patients at the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital campus on 14th Avenue in East Oakland have been thrilled by the sight of two red-tailed hawks that frequently fly over the hospital. Oaklandside wrote late last month about how the hawks settled into an old cedar tree on campus and raised a few red-tailed chicks until the birds felt confident enough to leave their nest – and Oakland – behind them.

However, the parent hawks are still around and can often be spotted around campus or perched atop the eight-story Acute Care Tower, usually searching for squirrels or other rodents scurrying through Highland’s central courtyard garden. .

Now Alameda Health System, the public agency that runs Highland, is seeking to name the hospital’s feathered friends, and issued a press release Monday asking the public to weigh in.

Everyone is welcome to submit name suggestions for the female and male falcon using this online form. The top three names of each falcon will be collected on August 1 and presented to the public, hospital staff and patients for a final vote on August 3.

Eleanor Ajala, communications manager for Alameda Health System, told The Oaklandside that hospital staff are thrilled that more people have the opportunity to fall in love with hawks. She also noted that a certain group of falcons who live at UC Berkeley’s Campanile now have competition.

“Move on Berkeley Hawks,” Ajala said. “Oakland has its own celebrity hawks.”

Ricky Rodas is a member of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Class of 2020. Prior to joining The Oaklandside, he spent two years reporting on Bay Area immigrant communities as a reporter for local news sites Oakland North, Mission Local and Richmond Confidential. Rodas, who is Salvadoran American and bilingual, is on the Oaklandside team through a partnership with Report for America, a national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on issues and communities. undercovers.

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