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ROC The Day: Thank you, donors!

November 30th, 2022

Thanks once again to the generosity of our dedicated falcon supporters, we raised over $2,300 yesterday, including a $500 bonus 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 2023.

ROC the Day Reminder – Tonight at Midnight!

November 28th, 2022

ROC the Day is November 29 !

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 8 Days Away!

November 21st, 2022

ROC the Day is November 29!

Are you as ready to ROC as we are? Join us on Tuesday, November 29 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!

Rfalconcam 2023 Calendar & 2022 Ornaments, Including a Beauty & Dot.ca Memorial Ornament, Now Available!

November 14th, 2022

Just in time for the holiday season, we now have available on our Zazzle page, the new 2023 Calendar. Click on link below.

Rfalconcam 2023 Calendar

Also available are ornaments for Rochester Falcons Nova, Neander, Zara, Kanfai Malachim and Blaze. Click on links below.

Rfalconcam 2022 Nova Ornament

Rfalconcam 2022 Neander Ornament

Rfalconcam 2022 Zara Ornament

Rfalconcam 2022 Kanfai Malachim Ornament

Rfalconcam 2022 Blaze Ornament

We couldn’t forget our beloved Beauty and Dot.ca. Sadly, both left us this year. We’ve included a Beauty and Dot.ca memorial ornament in two styles. Forever in our hearts. Never forgotten. Click on links below.

Rfalconcam 2022 Beauty & Dot.ca Memorial Square Ornament

Rfalconcam 2022 Beauty & Dot.ca Memorial Snowflake Ornament

Farewell Zara! Fly High and Be Free! Zara Has Been Released – 8/25/22

August 26th, 2022

Zara was released yesterday afternoon (8/25/22) at approximately 2:45 pm at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. It was determined that she would be able to feed herself and survive.

Amy Mahar, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) sent us a video of Zara’s release which was very successful. Please click on the link below to see Zara’s flight to freedom!

Zara’s Flight to Freedom!

We hope to receive some more pictures of Zara’s release. When we do, we’ll share them.

Here is a collage of still pictures from the video. Thanks Joyce!

Thanks to all that contributed to Zara’s second chance at a life as a free Peregrine Falcon! Who knows, we may hear about her again in the future, raising a family of her own.

Farewell Zara!

Zara Continues Her Journey! 8/22/22

August 22nd, 2022

Zara is improving nicely. The soft tissue injury to her right shoulder is healing and she’s looking much better, eating well and fattening up. Zara also received her first West Nile vaccine. She’s VERY feisty, according to June Summers, President, Genesee Valley Audubon. June was able to share a couple pictures of Zara in her flight cage. She’s flying well and gaining height.

Zara in Her Flight Cage!
Picture by June Summers
Zara’s Flight Training
Picture by June Summers

Now for some very good news! We are happy to report that Zara has started the next stage of her journey.

On Friday, August 19th, the DEC transferred Zara to a facility that can teach her to catch food in flight. She will be released as soon as she can do that.

We want to thank Gary Zimmerman from Black Creek Wildlife Station for all his hard work in caring for Zara. Over the years, we have brought many of our falcons to him, including Mariah and a few of our young ones. Please consider donating to the Black Creek Wildlife Station.

Black Creek Wildlife Station, Inc.

169 Burnt Mill Rd.

Churchville, NY. 14428

Here are a few more Zara pictures shared by our watchers.

Zara’s Fledge Flight!
Picture by Watcher Pat Carey
After Zara Fledged, She Landed on the Wilder Chimney!
Picture by Watcher Carol Phillips
Zara on the Wilder Chimney!
Zara’s Namer, Carol Lukaszewski, Shared This
Picture of Zara

Zara Update! 8/12/22

August 12th, 2022

June Summers, President, Genesee Valley Audubon Society, visited Zara today. She’s been in a smaller cage resting, due to her soft tissue injury and she’s put on weight.

Zara will get vaccinated tomorrow against West Nile. Then, depending on how she looks, she will be moved into a larger cage.

It’s so wonderful to see her doing well.

Zara Check-Up! 7/27/22

July 27th, 2022
Zara in the Flight Cage

June visited Zara to see how she was progressing. She took this picture of her in the rehabbers flight cage.

There was a little worry, because she was holding her right wing slightly lower than her left wing. Zara can fly, but she isn’t getting a lot of height yet,

Zara got an X-Ray yesterday and we received very good news. There are no broken bones! She has some soft tissue damage, which should heal with time.

Zara continues to improve and she has a good appetite.

We’ll continue to post updates as we receive them.

Watcher Abbreviations!

July 25th, 2022

There are many abbreviations the watchers use when posting tweets and reports. It can be confusing. So here is a list of those off the top of my head. I’m sure I’ll miss some and they will not be in alphabetical order, at least for now. We can work on a better list for reference purposes. Ok, here goes! Let’s start at home.

TSB = Times Square Bldg, home of the Rochester Falcons nest box. Topped by the “Wings of Progress”. First known as Genesee Valley Trust building.

OCSR = Old Changing Scenes Restaurant, the tall building with the disk on top. It used to be a revolving restaurant a long time ago. I was told not to set my purse on the window ledge, you might not see it again! Official name: First Federal Plaza Building

TR = Officially called the Aqueduct Building, but Thompson Reuters occupied it most recently. Home of the Mercury Statue. We have been calling it TR, but it should probably be AB for Aqueduct Bldg.

BCA= Blue Cross Arena aka Rochester War Memorial, home of the Rochester Amerks. Go Amerks!

KO = Kodak Office or KT = Kodak Tower

FCT = Frontier Communication Tower

JCT = Jail Communication Tower

WW = Widows Walk aka Old City Hall Building. Most recently called Irving Place.


ASB = Andrews St Bridge.

BSB = Broad St Bridge, the city wants to close this bridge to traffic, making it a pedestrian only bridge.

CSB = Court St Bridge.


N, S, E, W = North, South, East, West and all the combinations, ie NE = Northeast, SW = Southwest, etc.

We may call some of the downtown buildings by their old names. Here are some that have new names.

Xerox Tower now called Innovation Square.

Midtown Plaza now called Tower 280.

Bausch & Lomb now called Legacy Tower.

The Chase Tower (the Lincoln First Tower before that) now called The Metropolitan.

I’m sure there are more. Post any others you would like to know in the comments.

ETA: Also check out the Glossary Page on the Forum.

Zara Update! 7/23/22

July 23rd, 2022

June Summers, President, GVAS, spoke to the rehabber this afternoon about how Zara is doing. She’s doing really good!

Zara is eating well and putting on a little weight. She’s in a flight cage where she has plenty of room to fly. She has no broken bones!

This is wonderful news!

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