The Unexpected World of Blogs and Falcons

The debate over the efficacy of blogs and blogging continues, especially in the Rochester area.  I took my own stab at defining the undefinable just prior to vacation.  Meanwhile, as sort of a quiet answer to “what good are blogs,” the Rochester Falcon Cam blog reports some amazing news:

Imprints » Blog Archive » A Pair of Fledgling Updates

From Mark Nash and our friends at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation comes the news that 2006 fledgling Rhea Mae has established a nesting territory on top of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada. This location has been home to a resident pair, Wind and Tiago, for the last several years. Reports indicate that Rhea Mae and Wind engaged in a territory dispute for four days, with Rhea Mae emerging victorious.

Not only that, but Linn was spotted in the Syracuse area.  I call this news amazing not because of the distance the two fledges traveled: these are in fact small journeys in the life of falcons.  What is truly amazing is that there are so many people watching these birds and reporting back to Imprints.  Where previously the migratory patterns of falcons was a secret known only to biologists and conservationists – where our public understanding of these patterns has previously been gleaned from seconds-long views of marked-up maps on PBS – we now have a very personal account of our feathered friend’s lives and times.

What a world we live in where we can get details so granular about things we’re interested in.  In this world of information, we make our own newspapers where we find our joy, we don’t wait for others.

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By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.

2 replies on “The Unexpected World of Blogs and Falcons”

“We make our own newspapers where we find our joy, we don’t wait for others.”

Very elegantly said. Here here.

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