TARRYTOWN – It’s that time of year again to name the newest residents of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
In a break from the past, voting to name the three peregrine falcon chicks born this spring will exclusively take place at the Rockland and Westchester landings of the bridge’s 3.6-mile shared bicycle and pedestrian path. Visitors can select their three favorite names over the next two weeks – from today thru Sunday and again from June 3 to 6. Just keep an eye out for our booths and bridge ambassadors to cast your vote.
Voting is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As in previous years, elementary and middle school students from Rockland and Westchester delivered more than 50 inspired names for consideration.
The finalists are:
- Jimmy Falcon
- Justin Beaker
- Lord of the Wings
- Luke Flywalker
- Talon Zee
The New York State Thruway Authority will announce the three winning selections during the week of June 7 on the bridge’s Twitter account.
During past naming contests, thousands voted online, and the top vote-getters have included Cardi Beak, Talon-ted, Speedy, Bridge-ette, and Hudson.
Those interested can still watch the young falcons in their nest box more than 400 feet above the Hudson River on the bridge’s FalconCam before they leave home. As the nestlings age, they are left alone for longer periods of time to learn how to hunt and survive on their own until they depart the nest after approximately 40 days. When young falcons mature, they often migrate great distances to establish nests and raise their own family.
Nest boxes have supported New York’s falcon population in recent decades, providing shelter and high vantage points from which the peregrines can search for food. Peregrines primarily hunt other birds, such as pigeons and ducks, and they can exceed 200 miles per hour during their dives.
A wildlife specialist from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection this week visited the three chicks to attach a band to their legs. The bands allow biologists to track the movements of each bird and follow its life history.
Falcon fans can keep an eye on the birds via the bridge’s FalconCam, which features still images and a live video feed.
Please note that the FalconCam provides an unfiltered window on the day-to-day lives of these fascinating birds of prey. At any given moment, you may see the adult falcons eating, feeding their young, defending their nest and more. These are wild birds and their behaviors reflect what really happens in nature. Some of their actions may be unpleasant to watch and it is possible that some of the fledglings may not survive into adulthood.