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Question: Male names (Pick one)  (Voting closed: 26-May-15, 12:00:01 AM)
Aeolus - 10 (14.9%)
Audubon - 3 (4.5%)
Excalibur - 6 (9%)
Frederick - 3 (4.5%)
Horus - 8 (11.9%)
Nathaniel - 4 (6%)
Nimbus - 6 (9%)
Odyssey - 15 (22.4%)
Shamal - 4 (6%)
Soar - 6 (9%)
Turner - 2 (3%)
Total Voters: 66

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« on: 20-May-15, 12:00:01 AM »

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Aeolus is the god of wind.

Audubon is for John James Audubon, American ornithologist and naturalist.

Excalibur was the name of King Arthur's sword.  Some legend versions indicate it had magical powers.  Certainly it was swift and effective.  It is a good symbol suggestive of the extremely fast (and deadly) swoop of a hunting male falcon.
 
Frederick is in honor of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who fought tirelessly for the abolition of slavery in the U.S. Mr. Douglass lived in Rochester for several years and is buried there.  His office, where he published many abolitionist newspapers, was in the Tallman Building on Main Street near the corner of Exchange Street, right around the corner from what is now the site of the Times Square Building, home to our Rochester falcons.
 
Horus is the Egyptian god of war who has the head of a falcon.  He is a fierce god.

Nathaniel is for Nathaniel Rochester.

Nimbus is a type of cloud.

Odyssey is a journey. Falcons often travel great distances, many migrate each year. An Odyssey is about life as a journey, adventure, exploration, and also about returning home at all costs.

Shamal is a summer northwesterly wind in the Persian Gulf area.

Soar is to honor the falcon's flying ability.

Turner is the Surname of Monica Turner. She was the first woman in Britain to earn a doctorate in ornithology (1952).  Her obituary has more details about her career. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/19/monica-turner-obituary
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« Reply #1 on: 20-May-15, 12:12:41 AM »

Three polls have been posted (male name, female name, gender-neutral name). The voting period ends Monday night at 11:59 PM EDT.

One of this year's eyases will be given either an appropriate gender-specific name or a gender-neutral name, whichever receives the most votes. In case of a tie, the number of times each of the 2 names was submitted will be used as a tie breaker. If that is a tie too, a coin will be flipped.
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