Help Name the Falcon Chicks!

For immediate release: May 20, 2015

Voting Open Until 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27

The New NY Bridge project invites you to vote in a week-long poll to name the recently-hatched Tappan Zee falcons—called eyases (“EYE-a-sez”)—that are nesting with their parents atop the existing bridge. The 10 suggested names are the product of the imaginations of Rockland and Westchester elementary school students.

The chicks, two females and one male, were recently tagged with identifying bands by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The bands, placed on the fledglings’ ankles, will allow the project team and DEC to identify them and track their health and migration habits.

The Name-the-Falcons poll will remain open until 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27. Names that garner the most votes will be announced shortly thereafter and the schools that suggested the winning names will be recognized.

Watch this spring and summer as the chicks become flying adult falcons via the 24/7 FalconCam on our website

The Tappan Zee Bridge falcon nest box is maintained by the New York State Thruway Authority. The New NY Bridge will include a new peregrine falcon nest box high atop its towers.

Please note: The falcons are wild birds and their behaviors reflect what 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.

Learn more about the Tappan Zee falcons.


Falcons Swoop In See Tappan Zee Peregrines Live Via Webcam



Coming to you live from high above the Hudson River are the fastest members of the animal kingdom! The Tappan Zee Bridge’s peregrine falcons have returned to their man-made nest box to prepare for the nesting season and can be viewed on the project’s “FalconCam.”

Installed in the steel super structure of the existing bridge, the nest box is equipped with a live, 24/7 FalconCam, accessible here.

The remote FalconCam, located outside the nest box, provides close-up views of the lives of these amazing migratory raptors, which recently came back to reproduce. Peregrine eggs typically are laid in February and March and chicks hatch approximately one month later. Viewers may be able to watch as the chicks peck their way out of their eggs and are then fed and cared for by their parents.

As construction on the New NY Bridge project continues, a 100-foot buffer area is in place to help protect the falcons during their nesting period.

Maintained and monitored by the New York State Thruway Authority, the nest box evetappan zeentually will be relocated to a new perch in the towers of the new bridge.

Learn more about the Tappan Zee falcons.

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