Four baby falcons joining the team at Seneca Meadows landfill in Seneca Falls were named by the public, according to a release published Wednesday.
Falcons are often used to deter scavenger birds from the landfill, and four three-month-old birds will now help with that effort. Following a Facebook contest where the public could submit ideas, Seneca Meadows has dubbed the four newbies Summer, Loki, Hurricane and Spitfire.
Falcons are trained by the American Falconry Services, which has partnered with the landfill since 2007. Hybrid Gyrfalcon, Saker and Peregrine falcons conduct "fly arounds," where scavenger birds think they are being targeted by the bird of prey and fly off. Scavenger birds include crows, seagulls and vultures, for example. Keeping those swarms of birds away keeps workers, customers and visitors safe, according to a release.