UPDATE: 6/5/2015 Hampton Falls 4th Graders Name White House Hawk
(Concord, N.H.) – A red-tailed hawk that has made The White House grounds its home now has a name: Lincoln. The name comes courtesy of a group of fourth-graders from the Lincoln Akerman school in North Hampton.
The White House invited them to name the bird after their efforts to have the hawk named New Hampshire's official raptor were defeated in a very rude public fashion. As part of a civics lesson, the students proposed honoring the red-tailed hawk, but the measure was mocked by some lawmakers as frivolous. Another legislator pulled the abortion debate into the hawk bill. The white house blog says the name is fitting because Abraham Lincoln was a visionary leader, his monument stands near the presidential residence and the name is a nice plug for the kids' school.