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Earth Hour

March 21st, 2021

Please join us Saturday, March 27th in the observance of Earth Hour.

Rfalconcam will turn off the cameras at the nest boxes located on the Times Square and Powers buildings for one hour starting at 8:30 PM EDT. During that time, we ask that you turn off your lights and non-essential electrical appliances.

For more information, visit https://www.earthhour.org.

Times Square Building Wall Repair

February 15th, 2021

The brick wall beneath the nest box at the Times Square Building will be undergoing repairs starting sometime this week. It is estimated that the work will take several days. During this time, the microphones will be turned off to prevent damage from the sound of the power tools.

The work should have no effect on the falcons. We are looking forward to their yearly return to the nest box in March.

ROC The Day: Another Success!

December 2nd, 2020

Thanks once again to the generosity of our dedicated falcon supporters, we raised over $2,700 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 2021 such as additional repairs to the Times Square nest box platform and eyas ramp.

ROC the Day Reminder – Tonight at Midnight!

November 30th, 2020

ROC the Day is December 1!

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!

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ROC the Day is 9 Days Away!

November 22nd, 2020

ROC the Day is December 1!

Are you as ready to ROC as we are? Join us on Tuesday, December 1 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!

The 2021 Rfalconcam Calendar is Now Available!

October 30th, 2020

Our 2021 Rfalconcam Calendar is now available, in time for the holidays!

The new calendar, which comes in three different sizes and prices, includes pictures of all the 2020 downtown Rochester Falcons, including Beauty, Dot.ca, Hope, Geraki & Roc.  Although the eyases were not banded this year, due to Covid, they still had their own distinctive “falconalities” and looks.

Please check it out on Zazzle.  Just click on the link below.  Hope you enjoy!!!

2021 Rfalconcam Calendar Link

Announcing the Shut Down of Kfalconcam Group

October 13th, 2020

Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Groups on December 15, 2020. This includes the Kfalconcam group started in 2002 by Mountain Woman. Some longtime falcon watchers still receive Rfalconcam Forum posts via email through the Rfalconcam-Kfalconcam connection that was established at the start of the Rfalconcam Forum in 2009. This will be discontinued when the Kfalconcam group is shut down.

Please note that the Rfalconcam Forum is not affected by this shutdown and will continue to be available at https://rfalconcam.com/forum/.

This is the message sent by Yahoo this morning:

Dear Yahoo Group Moderators and Members,

We launched Yahoo Groups 20 years ago to connect people around their shared interests. We helped our users navigate new towns, keep in touch with college friends, learn new skills, and most importantly, build connections they may have lost or never had in the first place. While we could not have been more proud of what we accomplished together, we are reaching out today with heavy hearts to let you know that we have decided to shut down Yahoo Groups on December 15, 2020.

Yahoo Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years. Over that same period we’ve witnessed unprecedented levels of engagement across our properties as customers seek out premium, trustworthy content. To that end, we must sometimes make difficult decisions regarding products that no longer fit our long-term strategy as we hone our focus on other areas of the business.

Beginning December 15, 2020 the Yahoo Groups website will shut down and members will no longer be able to send or receive emails from Yahoo Groups. We’ve compiled a comprehensive FAQ here that includes alternative providers and information on how this will impact your group content.

Thank you for helping us build one of the earliest digital communities — we’re proud and honored to have forged countless connections over the last 20 years and played a small part in helping build your communities.

The Yahoo Groups team

Upcoming Camera Replacement at the Times Square Building

October 7th, 2020

Weather permitting, this Thursday, October 8th, Camera 1 will be replaced with a new HD camera. Additionally, the other four cameras will be cleaned and adjusted, and the site will be inspected for damage.

The cameras at the Times Square building will be turned off during this procedure, which is expected to start at 8 am and be completed by 5 pm.

Upcoming Website Downtime

August 16th, 2020

Our web hosting provider will be moving the server that runs our website to a new location Monday morning. Rfalconcam.com will be unavailable during the move. The interruption in service will start at approximately 4 AM EDT and last for 2 to 4 hours. Please note that streaming video channels will still be viewable on YouTube by entering “Rfalconcam Live” in the search box on the YouTube.com home page.

We Have Our First Fledge! Roc Fledged at 3:35 pm – 6/11/20

June 11th, 2020

Our only male, Roc, fledged off the north end of the wall at approximately 3:35 pm. Rochester Falcon Watcher Carrie Shone witnessed his first flight from the wall. Roc flew north and then turned back, with Dot.ca flying above him. Roc ended up landing safely on the northwest corner of the Times Square Bldg, almost level with the nest box.

Carrie said he looks great, flapping and running, with Dot.ca keeping an eye on his young son.

This was the last picture our cameras caught of Roc, standing next to Geraki, just before he fledged.

Roc Fledged at Approx 3:35 pm.
Video of Roc’s Fledge!

Roc is now a juvie, no longer an eyas!

The watchers will continue their fledge watch for the girls, Geraki and Hope. The females are bigger than the males, so they usually wait a little longer to fledge.

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