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Friday is Last Day to Send Names for Baby Chicks

Today they were fed . . . and now these cuties need names!

Kinda shy: baby chicks play hide-and-seek with falcon cam/Photo courtesy of EarthCam®

Tomorrow’s the deadline for local schools to enter the annual falcon naming contest so they won’t wind up as Chick 1 and Chick 2. (At this point it’s a good guess mamma falcon’s done hatching.)

In 2013, the little ones were named Skylar, Shea and Nina by the Department of Conservation. Not sure if there was a contest the following year (although there was a premier bridge art show).

This time-honored tradition is continued and coordinated by project officials. Last year the chick was named Irvwing, and in 2015 the three chicks were named Hudson, Bridge-ette and Zee.

Mama falcon keeps a watchful eye on her new little chicks/Photo courtesy of EarthCam®

Tomorrow’s the deadline, and then the poll will be posted for one week so the public can vote. Mama falcon’s counting on you!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Close-up of new Lights; Name the Falcon Chicks

This is what the poles we try to see from the driver’s seat look like. Photo above is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority; the one below is part of a blog post from five months earlier, when we caught a glimpse of the first LED roadway lighting stanchions (columns).

Also: two falcon chicks are out and about; the deadline for naming them is this Friday. Check out the bridge update by your intrepid reporter in this week’s Rockland County Times: first page of section two above the crease.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

New Falcon Chicks (two so far) need Names

This is the tree in front of the apartment, where my parents moved my brother and me nearly 50 years ago. Sometime at the end of June will be half a century.

I love this tree that turns pink for about two weeks before erupting into green leaves. This year it’s less dense because the gardeners trimmed lower branches.

What does this have to do with the bridge? Nothing. It’s a pretty tree and deserved recognition. However, high on the Tappan Zee Bridge nest box are new falcon chicks, and they need names.

Mama falcon’s watchful eye over her new little ones (seen behind in nest box)/EarthCam®

Two-way traffic will shift onto one of the immense new 3.1-mile spans, giving motorists a better view of work on the eastbound span.

Stay cable installation for the westbound span is complete; one-third (32) for the eastbound span are attached to their respective towers and tensioned to structural steel.

Crews are installing concrete noise barrier panels along the northbound Thruway in South Nyack this week and installing transparent acrylite noise barriers on the Rockland approach on the soon-to-open westbound span, readying it for motorists.

Watch for update with details in this Thursday’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Spring has Sprung: Nyack Buzzing with Activity

It was perfect weather to be outside Sunday, and Memorial Park in Nyack was packed with cars. We sat for a while under a tree — as luck would have it, there was a spot waiting for us — and took in the view.

This after checking out the Nyack Street Fair, always a fun experience.

That day marked five weeks since I was walking down steps and missed the step, falling and injuring my left knee and upper leg. Walking has become easier with cortisone shots, and I’ll be starting physical therapy next week. It was gorgeous outside, and I didn’t want to miss the day.

Birds flying everywhere, crowded viewing area, people enjoying the weather and checking out the bridge and the Spotter’s Guide and happy winter finally left. The giant crane was positioned near the Rockland shoreline, and people were taking pictures with their cell phones.

So when will the westbound span open? The summer before the project began, then state DOT Project Director Michael Anderson said traffic will switch to the new bridge sometime during the fourth year (2017).

Then we heard west/northbound traffic would move to the new span in December 2016, and two months later (February 2017) to move east/southbound traffic as well. Former Executive Director Robert L. Megna decided in early November to postpone the first opening until spring 2017.

Project officials are talking about “sometime this year.” I wonder if there are still built-in contract incentives for finishing the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later? Is the bridge builder still on a 62-month schedule?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Naming Contest for Soon-to-Arrive Falcon Chicks

Word has it that little eyases will be hatched & need names/Photo courtesy of EarthCam®

One of the fascinating parts of covering this project includes writing about what makes this bridge different from the others: its resident falcons.

Jacob Tanenbaum’s 3rd-grade class at Cottage Lane Elementary School in Blauvelt is studying climate change that includes a discussion about what they can do to lessen the problem. Peregrine falcons — like those living atop the Tappan Zee Bridge — were among raptors affected by the pesticide DDT 50 and 60 years ago.

“Talking about how we stopped using DDT gives the kids hope that they can effect change in the future,” Tanenbaum emphasized.

This will be the last year mama falcon hatches her eyases (chicks) on the current bridge. She’s due soon and will hatch next season’s eggs on one of the westbound span’s towers.

Thus, the project team — keeping keen eyes on all that happens, including high above the river in a nest box on the Tappan Zee Bridge — said it’s time for another falcon naming contest!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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