Archive for May, 2014

It’s Time to Vote for 67/AR’s New Name!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

It’s time to vote for a name for the falcon with band 67/AR at Seneca Towers!

First of all, thank you to everyone who submitted a name. We received 28 name suggestions, which our Naming Committee evaluated and pared down to five names.

A poll has been created for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite name. The winning name will be given to 67/AR.

You must be a member of the forum in order to vote. Join the forum now if you’d like to participate! Use this link to register:

http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?action=register

A questionnaire will be sent to the email address you supply during registration. You must reply to this email in order to have your membership approved. Even if the answer to every question is left blank, you still must reply, or your membership cannot be approved.

If you are already a Forum member but can’t remember your password, use this link to reset it:

http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?action=reminder

Once you have logged in to the Forum, use this link to vote:

http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?topic=12907.0

The poll closes at 3 pm (EDT) on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

May the best name win!

Name the Banded Falcon at Seneca Towers

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Readers of our Forum and FalconWatch blog know that a banded (black/green, 67/AR)  falcon has been seen with Veteran, our recently named tiercel, at Seneca Towers.  She was hatched in 2013 at a nest on a cliff in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and as is customary at that location, she was not given a name when she was banded.

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While we could refer to her by her band id, it is our custom to give names to the Peregrine falcons living in Rochester.

So once again, falcon fans will have an opportunity to choose a name for a Rochester falcon, and again it will be in the form of a naming contest open to all viewers.

We’ve included the criteria that has always been used to choose a name. Please read the rules very carefully and use the link below to submit either a female or gender neutral name. Only one submission per person!

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Suggested Rfalconcam Naming Criteria Acceptable Categories for Names:

Explorers, Astronomers, Conservationists, especially those with
International appeal (e.g., Galileo, Amelia [Earhart], Magellan), or those who have played a significant role in Peregrine re-population efforts.
Names inspired by Nature–topographic, meteorological, geographic, etc. (e.g. Mariah, Kaver, Isaura, Fulmine, Alkyonis, Skye, Aconcagua)
Inspirational Names (e.g. Freedom, Hope, Destiny)
Mythological Beings (e.g. Isis, Thor, Zeus, Ananta)
Words that refer to falcons in languages other than Modern English (e.g. Thlotli, Hafoc)

Categories that do not fit the criteria:

Names derived from religious, political, or popular culture icons.
Names directly related to a human person either living or dead, except as noted in the acceptable criteria above.
Names related to a commercial product, or a copyrighted or trademarked name owned by any corporation, individual or organization.
Names that reflect negatively on any group, organization, individual or entity.
Names should be well researched whenever possible. Supporting rationale for the name is required, so give us a few sentences that explain the name and the reason you chose it.

Submitting a Name:

That’s easy! Just click on this link to open the submission form. Only one submission per person please! If multiple submissions are sent in, only the first one will be accepted.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFBSdV9PeDNWSWZWQjAwdXlxMjVpdGc6MA

NOTE: IF SUBMITTING A NAME, PLEASE DO NOT DISCUSS IT HERE, ON THE FORUM, OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THIS AS FAIR AS POSSIBLE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.

Judging the Name Submissions:

The Rfalconcam Naming Committee will evaluate all name submissions for appropriateness, including (but not limited to) adherence to the naming criteria, well researched name, uniqueness of the name and how well it follows the “spirit” of past falcon names.

The committee will select the top five names from those submitted and create a poll for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite. You must be a member of the Forum to be able to vote for a name. Join the forum now if you’d like to participate! (Forum membership is NOT required to submit a name for consideration.)

NOTE: MEMBERS OF THE NAMING COMMITTEE WILL HAVE FINAL EDITORIAL RIGHT OF REFUSAL FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS, AND THEY MAY REJECT ANY NAME SUBMISSION THAT DOES NOT MEET THE NAMING CRITERIA OR IS JUDGED NOT TO BE APPROPRIATE FOR ANY OTHER REASON.

Past Falcon Names that Meet the Criteria Above:

2002

Freedom
Isis – Egyptian goddess, mother of the Falcon god Horus

2003

Isaura – A wind that blows off the Greek Isles
Chayton – A Native American word for Falcon
Destiny
Thlotli – An Aztec name for Falcon
Edge – Named for Rosalie Edge, who founded the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, USA

2004

Alkyonis – Named in honor of the 2004 Olympic games in Greece
Pride
Gahastey – Native American word for a type of wind
Grissom – Named in honor of Virgil “Gus” Grissom, the second American to fly in space
Hafoc – Old English word for Falcon

2005

Esperanza – Spanish word for Hope
Ihteram – Arabic word for Respect
Fulmine – Italian word for Lightning
Aconcagua – A mountain in Argentina, the highest in the Western Hemisphere
Skye – An island in Scotland where falconry is practiced

2006

Aura – Latin word for breeze
Sabrina – Celtic goddess
Rhea Mae – Named for two famous Peregrines that were instrumental in repopulation efforts in the United States

2007

Ananta – A Sanskrit word meaning “infinite” and “endless.”
It is one of the many names of Vishnu, the supreme being in the Hindu faith
Linn – Named in honor of Linn Pierson, a naturalist for the New Jersey
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife who was an educator and tireless advocate for Peregrine falcons in New Jersey
Sacajawea – In honor of the Shoshone woman who accompanied early American explorers Lewis and Clark on their historic trek through the western United States
Grace – Graces were sister goddesses in Greek mythology who had control over pleasure, charm, elegance and beauty in human life and in nature

2008

Diamante – Spanish for “diamond”
Quest – A search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something
Seneca – Named after the largest tribe of the Iroquois confederacy of North American Indians
Susan B – Named for the famed Rochester native and Women’s Rights activist
Zephyr – The name given to the West Wind in Greek mythology

2010

Callidora – Gift of Beauty
Jemison – In honor of Mary Jemison, an American frontierswoman and an adopted Seneca

2013

Rosetta
Voyager

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Good Luck!

The Seneca Towers Tiercel Has a Name

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The unbanded tiercel at Seneca Towers now has a name–Veteran.

A poll was created on the Rfalconcam Forum so members could vote for their favorite name, and Veteran wound up on top with 35% of the votes. Second was Seth with 26%,  followed  by Marlon (16%), Aquilo (16%), Horus (4%), and Ardito (4%).

The name Veteran was submitted by Tom Moughan of Rochester, and it is in honor of the Veterans Memorial Bridge that crosses the Genesee River just north of Seneca Towers. Congratulations,Tom!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a name. Please keep it handy. You may get to submit it again in the near future.

All Four Eggs have hatched 5/19/14

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The 4th and final egg hatched this morning shortly before 6 am. This is the first time that Dot.ca and Beauty have had 4 eyases to raise, and it is the most since Mariah and Kaver raised 5 in 2008. (See Rochester’s Falcon History.)

Four tiny beaks!

Four tiny beaks!

Live streaming video of the falcons is available at http://rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/streamView.php

Three of the 4 Eggs Have Hatched! 5/17/14

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

What an eggciting day here in Rochester, NY! Three of the four eggs in the nest box on top of the Times Square Building have hatched! Both parents, Beauty and Dot.ca, are looking after them. Now we wait for #4 to arrive.

Here are some pictures captured by our Rfalconcam Main Camera today.

First Eyas Gets Fed by Beauty

First Hatchling Gets Fed by Beauty

Dot.ca Watches as Beauty Feeds Their Eyases

Dot.ca Watches Beauty Feed Their Eyases

Three Eyases Being Fed By Beauty

Three Eyases Being Fed by Beauty

Beauty with Eyases

Beauty with Eyases

Beauty and Dot.ca’s First Eyas Arrived This Morning – 5/17/14

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The two resident Rochester Falcons, Beauty and Dot.ca, have a new addition to their nest box atop the Times Square Building in Downtown Rochester, NY.

Sometime before 5:27 am, an eyas (a young Peregrine falcon) hatched, to the delight of the many viewers from around the world watching the Rfalconcam live streaming video. Just click on the following link to watch.

http://rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/streamView.php

Beauty has kept her eyas tucked under her to keep it warm, leaving for a brief break while Dot.ca took over brooding of the eyas and eggs.

Beauty and the eyas

Beauty and the eyas

Dot.ca, Beauty, and sleeping eyas

Dot.ca, Beauty, and sleeping eyas

You can see the egg tooth on the tip of the beak of the eyas.

You can see the egg tooth on the tip of the beak of the eyas.

It’s Time to Vote for a Name!

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

It’s time to vote for a name for the unbanded tiercel at Seneca Towers!

The polls are open! We received 30 wonderful name suggestions. The Rochester Falconcam’s Naming Committee evaluated all submissions and pared them down to six names. Thank you to everyone who submitted a name.

A poll has been created for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite name. The tiercel will be given the winning name.

You must be a member of the forum in order to vote. Join the forum now if you’d like to participate! Use this link to register:

http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?action=register

A questionnaire will be sent to the email address you supply during registration. You must reply to this email in order to have your membership approved. Even if your answer to every question is “None of your business,” you must reply, or your membership cannot be approved.

If you are already a Forum member but can’t remember your password, use this link to reset it:

http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?action=reminder

Once you have logged in to the Forum, use this link to vote:

http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?topic=12802.0

The polls close at 11:59 pm (EDT) on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Name the Unbanded Tiercel at Seneca Towers

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

If you have been following our FalconWatch blog, you know that a banded, yet to be identified juvenile female and an unbanded tiercel have been seen together for weeks in the vicinity of Seneca Towers and Eastman Business Park.

Since there is a lull in the activity at the nest box on the Times Square building while the falcons brood their eggs, this would be a perfect opportunity to choose a name for the unbanded tiercel!

We are very happy to announce that once again falcon fans will have an opportunity to choose a name for a Rochester falcon. This is in the form of a naming contest, and it is open to all our viewers.

Much care and thought was used to name past falcons. We’ve included the criteria that has always been used to choose a name. Please read the rules very carefully and use the link below to submit either a male or gender neutral name. Only one submission per person!

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Suggested Rfalconcam Naming Criteria Acceptable Categories for Names:

Explorers, Astronomers, Conservationists, especially those with
International appeal (e.g., Galileo, Amelia [Earhart], Magellan), or those who have played a significant role in Peregrine re-population efforts.
Names inspired by Nature–topographic, meteorological, geographic, etc. (e.g. Mariah, Kaver, Isaura, Fulmine, Alkyonis, Skye, Aconcagua)
Inspirational Names (e.g. Freedom, Hope, Destiny)
Mythological Beings (e.g. Isis, Thor, Zeus, Ananta)
Words that refer to falcons in languages other than Modern English (e.g. Thlotli, Hafoc)

Categories that do not fit the criteria:

Names derived from religious, political, or popular culture icons.
Names directly related to a human person either living or dead, except as noted in the acceptable criteria above.
Names related to a commercial product, or a copyrighted or trademarked name owned by any corporation, individual or organization.
Names that reflect negatively on any group, organization, individual or entity.
Names should be well researched whenever possible. Supporting rationale for the name is required, so give us a few sentences that explain the name and the reason you chose it.

Submitting a Name:

That’s easy! Just click on this link to open the submission form. Only one submission per person please! If multiple submissions are sent in, only the first one will be accepted.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFluQ29ma3B5c0VjOTJPTTBvWW8tcEE6MA

NOTE: IF SUBMITTING A NAME, PLEASE DO NOT DISCUSS IT HERE, ON THE FORUM, OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THIS AS FAIR AS POSSIBLE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.

Judging the Name Submissions:

The Rfalconcam Naming Committee will evaluate all name submissions for appropriateness, including (but not limited to) adherence to the naming criteria, well researched name, uniqueness of the name and how well it follows the “spirit” of past falcon names.

The committee will select the top five names from those submitted and create a poll for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite. You must be a member of the Forum to be able to vote for a name. Join the forum now if you’d like to participate! (Forum membership is NOT required to submit a name for consideration.)

NOTE: MEMBERS OF THE NAMING COMMITTEE WILL HAVE FINAL EDITORIAL RIGHT OF REFUSAL FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS, AND THEY MAY REJECT ANY NAME SUBMISSION THAT DOES NOT MEET THE NAMING CRITERIA OR IS JUDGED NOT TO BE APPROPRIATE FOR ANY OTHER REASON.

Past Falcon Names that Meet the Criteria Above:

2002

Freedom

2003

Isaura – A wind that blows off the Greek Isles
Chayton – A Native American word for Falcon
Destiny
Thlotli – An Aztec name for Falcon
Edge – Named for Rosalie Edge, who founded the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, USA

2004

Alkyonis – Named in honor of the 2004 Olympic games in Greece
Pride
Gahastey – Native American word for a type of wind
Grissom – Named in honor of Virgil “Gus” Grissom, the second American to fly in space
Hafoc – Old English word for Falcon

2005

Esperanza – Spanish word for Hope
Ihteram – Arabic word for Respect
Fulmine – Italian word for Lightning
Aconcagua – A mountain in Argentina, the highest in the Western Hemisphere
Skye – An island in Scotland where falconry is practiced

2006

Aura – Latin word for breeze

2007

Ananta – A Sanskrit word meaning “infinite” and “endless.”
It is one of the many names of Vishnu, the supreme being in the Hindu faith

2008

Diamante – Spanish for “diamond”
Quest – A search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something
Seneca – Named after the largest tribe of the Iroquois confederacy of North American Indians
Zephyr – The name given to the West Wind in Greek mythology

2010

Jemison – In honor of Mary Jemison, an American frontierswoman and an adopted Seneca

2012

Orion – The constellation of “The Hunter” who watches over Rochester’s winter skies and is one of the most recognizable constellations

2013

Voyager

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Good Luck!