Meet Annie and Grinnell, a pair of peregrine falcons that lives atop the clock tower on the UC Berkeley campus. UC researchers installed video cameras in their nest, and KQED’s Deep Look program put together the short feature below, showing a different sort of life rearing children at the very top of academia.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


1 Thought on "Raising Children at the (Literal) Top of an Academic Institution"

The university I graduated from (Uni of Sheffield, UK) has a pair of peregrines nesting in one of the university buildings near the two main libraries. It was always a fun distraction during revision/dissertation time to stare out the windows and watch the family swooping around. They also installed a nesting cam so people could follow the drama more closely (the female was driven off a few years ago by a new rival who has taken her place, very gripping!).

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