ROC The Day: A Huge Success!

December 4th, 2019

Thanks once again to the generosity of our dedicated falcon supporters, we raised over $2,600 yesterday, including two $500 bonuses for the outstanding teamwork demonstrated by those who stayed up late to make their pledges at just the right time. Well done, folks!

ROC the Day officials will send us a financial statement and donor list sometime in the next few weeks, at which point we will know who to thank individually. Until then, thank you to everyone who donated. Your contributions will be used to fund Rfalconcam operations and improvements throughout 2020 such as additional repairs to the Times Square nest box platform and a new Camera 1 (weather permitting).

ROC the Day Reminder – Tonight at Midnight!

December 2nd, 2019

ROC the Day is December 3!

Join us tonight at midnight to ROC the Day for Rfalconcam.

Get the latest news on ROC the Day activities at our Forum.

Let’s ROC the Day together!

ROC the Day 2019

ROC the Day in 2 Weeks!

November 20th, 2019

ROC the Day is December 3!

Are you as ready to ROC as we are? Join us on Tuesday, December 3 starting at midnight to ROC the Day for Rfalconcam.

Get the latest news on ROC the Day activities at our Forum.

Let’s ROC the Day together!

ROC the Day 2019

An Rfalconcam Blanket! Just in time for the cold weather!

November 7th, 2019

Here’s a special blanket we’re offering for the holidays! The snow is flying and this blanket will keep you nice and warm!

All the adults and fledglings from 1998-2019 are included. Hope you enjoy!

Please click on the link below.

Rfalconcam Blanket!

Blanket 2019

Jupiter’s Flight to Freedom! – 11/6/19

November 7th, 2019

Jupiter’s time in rehab has ended successfully! He was released about 15 miles west of Rochester yesterday afternoon. His release was witnessed by a few of the Rochester Falcon Watchers. It was a cold day, but the sun was shining and the sky was a bright blue. A perfect day!

The door to the carrier was opened, and it took about 2 minutes for Jupiter to realize he was free. He launched himself from the carrier, heading towards the tree line. Strong, steady wing beats took him higher and higher. When he reached the trees, we thought he might land on one of them, but not our Jupiter. He did a U-turn and headed back towards us. Jupiter flew directly overhead, giving us a good look at how well he was flying. At one point, he lowered both his talons, before tucking them in and continuing on.

He was heading northwest when we lost sight of him. So in the general direction of Rochester/Braddock Bay. But of course there is no way to know for sure where he ended up.

We all wished him safe travels as he begins the next step of his life!

We are very thankful to the rehabber and vets that took such good care of him. For now, we won’t say who, until we receive permission to do so.

Here are some pictures taken by some of the watchers that were there to witness Jupiter’s freedom flight.

Carol Phillips Jupiter Release #2Dana Mulhern Jupiter Release #1Dana Mulhern Jupiter Release #2

Dana Mulhern Jupiter Release #3Dana Mulhern Jupiter Release #4Dana Mulhern Jupiter Release #5

Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #1Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #2Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #3

Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #4Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #5Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #6

Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #7Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #8Joyce Miller Jupiter Release #9

Pat Carey Jupiter Release #1Kathy Olney Jupiter Release #1

Photo credits to: Pat Carey, Joyce Miller, Dana Mulhern, Kathy Olney and Carol Phillips

More Goodies Available from the Rfalconcam Merchandise Team! 10/27/19

October 27th, 2019

Just in time for the holiday season! We’re now offering ornaments with our young falcons pics on them from 2017, 2018 and 2019! Just click on the links to our Zazzle page below to take a look!

2019 2018 2017 Ornaments Ad


2019 Lakota Ornament

2019 Phoenix Ornament

2019 Jupiter Ornament

2019 Donna Ornament

2018 Sundara Ornament

2018 Letchworth Ornament

2018 Mike Ornament

2017 Seabreeze Ornament

2017 Ontario Ornament

2017 Charlotte Ornament

2017 Rachel Ornament

You’ll notice that the 2017 ornaments are a little different. We had to use falcon watcher’s pictures and banding day pics, because our main camera was not working that year.

Also, we now have the following posters available for our current and past falcon couples! Hope you enjoy!

Beauty and Dot.ca at the Times Square Bldg! (13X19)

Beauty and Dotca Poster

2019 Beauty and Dot.ca at Times Square Poster

Beauty and Archer at the Times Square Bldg! (8X10)

Beauty and Archer Poster

2019 Beauty and Archer at the Times Square Bldg Poster

Last, but certainly not least, here’s a poster showing Mariah and Kaver at the Kodak Tower! (13X19)

Mariah and Kaver Poster

2019 Mariah and Kaver at the Kodak Tower Poster

We hope you enjoy these new Rfalconcam offerings! Enjoy for the holiday season and beyond!

A very special thank you to Dana Mulhern!

Our 2020 Rfalconcam Calendars are Now Available! 10/18/19

October 18th, 2019

The 2020 Rfalconcam Calendars are now available. This year’s calendar is full of all kinds of awesome pics of Beauty, Dot.ca, Donna, Phoenix, Jupiter and Lakota. 2019 was a memorable year for our Rochester Falcons. We had our share of sadness (with the loss of Donna and Phoenix) and happiness (knowing that Jupiter is thriving in rehab and seeing Lakota recently interacting with Beauty and Dot.ca).

2020 Rfalconcam Calendar Ad

Click here for 2020 Rfalconcam Calendar!

We are also offering the classic Shakymon Calendar for 2020.

Click here for 2020 Shakymon Calendar!

We hope that you enjoy both of our 2020 calendars!

More Sad News…Phoenix Found Injured in Brockport

October 4th, 2019

It is with much sadness that we have to report the loss of another young Rochester falcon, Phoenix.

Fly Free Phoenix

On August 24th, Phoenix was found injured in the Town of Brockport, 20 miles west of Rochester. He was taken to a rehabilitator not too far way. The severity of Phoenix’s injuries were determined. He had a severe spinal injury. The rehabilitator, with help from a Department of Environmental Conservation Officer, was able to transport Phoenix to the Cornell Wildlife Veterinary Clinic. Unfortunately, despite the effort to help Phoenix, we just learned that Phoenix did not survive his injuries.

June Summers
President
Genesee Valley Audubon Society

Jupiter Found Injured, Now in Rehab

August 12th, 2019

Jupiter was found walking the streets of downtown Rochester, Sunday evening, August 4th. Fortunately, someone who knew that he was a Peregrine Falcon called our falcon watchers, who picked him up and took him to a local rehab center.

He was x-rayed by a veterinarian who found that Jupiter had a broken coracoid bone in his shoulder. The other shoulder might have a soft tissue injury that also needs rest.

Jupiter will be at the rehab center for three to four weeks while he rests and recovers.

June Summers
President
Genesee Valley Audubon Society

Jupiter at Rehab Dana

These pictures of Jupiter were taken before he was injured.

Jupiter on City Hall CarolJupiter on City Hall Dana

We Mourn the Loss of Donna – 6/26/19

June 26th, 2019

Since Sunday, June 23, 2019, the falcon watchers have put a lot of time and effort into locating Donna, the eyas from the Time Square Building scrape that was banded this year as 31/BW. Unfortunately, we found out this afternoon from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that Donna’s body was found in the road near Corn Hill Landing Sunday afternoon. The person who found her eventually called the DEC on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25th. Her body is being sent to Albany for a necropsy.

Many thanks to the falcon watchers for their efforts to find Donna. Now is the time to remember that there are three other young falcons to keep our eyes on. That is what they will be doing.

June Summers
President
Genesee Valley Audubon Society