After a very turbulent early season, there is some wonderful news out of the Rochester Falconcam today. The star Peregrine Falcon pair Beauty and Dot.ca became proud parents with the hatching of their first chick early this morning. Here is a screen shot of Beauty, the fluffy chick, and the two remaining eggs.
Screen shot from earlier today (June 20, 2012) from the Rochester Falconcam
The season began with Beauty in rehab and different female Peregrine Falcon at the nest site. In fact, one of those remaining eggs wasn't even laid by Beauty! Follow the link to the Imprints blog at the beginning of this post for a quick catch-up on this dramatic breeding season. We continue to support the Genesse Valley Audubon Society in bringing the Rochester Falconcam to the world. New designs featuring our updated Birdorable Peregrine Falcon reflect this year's changes to the players in this year's drama. As always, 30% of the retail price for all Birdorable Rochester Falconcam product sales will be donated GVAS.
You can also donate directly to the Rfalconcam via this link: Individual Donors. Follow Rfalconcam on Facebook to stay updated!
If you're on Facebook or you know someone who is, please consider supporting our favorite wildlife rehabber, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, with a vote in the Chase Community Giving Campaign. Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is a private, not-for-profit organization in the Chicago area treating over 3,400 animals annually! The vote is completely free and gives Flint Creek the chance to get funding from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on where they end up in the final vote. Voting just takes a moment! Visit the Chase Community Giving application and vote for FCWR!
Flint Creek recently released a pair of orphaned Bald Eagles back to the wild after raising them to independence so be sure to check out their Facebook page and look for photos of that fantastic event. Some of you may know that we (Arthur and Amy) volunteered with FCWR and that this all-volunteer wildlife rescue organization means a lot to both of us. Your support would be greatly appreciated and remember, it doesn't cost anything! Please vote if you're on Facebook and share the word with your family and friends, too. Voting ends November 22nd. For more information about Flint Creek check out their website or Facebook page. Thank you!
May is Warbler Neck Awareness Month. Warbler Neck (WN) Awareness is promoted with a cerulean blue awareness ribbon, one side of which is transformed into a feather, shown here at left. Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting WN and how it affects birders during migration. We'll discuss the symptoms and remedies (to stop birding altogether is not an option most sufferers choose). We'll also be sharing our new line of Warbler Neck Awareness designs with you. Our Birdorable line of WN designs feature the cerulean blue awareness ribbon-feather, and a cute Birdorable warbler or two. This awareness campaign kicks off today and will continue through the next few weeks, both here on Birdorable and at our sister site for birders, MagnificentFrigatebird.com.
After a season of uncertainty and no nesting activity last year, the Peregrine Falcons at the Rochester Falconcam are back in business with two eggs laid so far. I have been looking at the main view camera for a few minutes this afternoon and it appears Beauty might already been sitting on the eggs, so the third and final (??) egg might be laid soon. This is the first nesting attempt by the pair Archer and Beauty, and it will surely be an exciting website to keep your eye on as the season progresses! The Rfalconcam website has been updated with easy access to the five nestcams, forum, blogs and shops where you can buy Rfalconcam gear. Birdorable Archer and Beauty swag is available too, with 30% of the sell price on all merchandise being donated to Genesee Valley Audubon, who manage the nestcam.
The first Peregrine Falcon chicks have hatched over at the Rochester Falconcam! Parents Mariah and Kaver are going to be busy during the next weeks feeding their chicks, which will be full-grown falcons in just six weeks. Head on over to the Falconcam's blog, Imprints, to see the first photos of the eyases. (Remember, Birdorable supports the Falconcam with 30% of the sales from our Mariah & Kaver section going to the Genesee Valley Audubon Society)
Today we've added the one hundredth bird species to Birdorable.com: The California Condor. This is the answer to Spot the Birdorable 9. For all 100 species see Meet the Birds. The California Condor, a type of vulture, has the largest wingspan of any bird found in North America. The bird today is considered critically endangered. In 1987 the last wild California Condor was captured to become part of one of the most expensive conservation projects ever. At that time there were only 22 individuals! In early 2008 this number had increased to over 300 birds, with over 150 in two wild populations. Birdorable supports the California Condor 30% of the retail price for all sales of the Save the California Condor and Return of the California Condor designs will be donated to The Ventana Wildlife Society. These include the following Save the California Condor and Return of the California Condor designs:
To see all four designs see the California Condor page. Here's a photo of a Birdorable Condor perched on a branch overlooking the Grand Canyon: