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UPTOWN CHICAGO COMMISSION

Uptown in the News  

April 23, 2004
Chicago READER
Back from the Brink
Peregrine falcons have adapted to city life, but species without the star power are still languishing.
By Harold Henderson


The federal government took peregrine falcons off its endangered species list in 1999. Peregrines have now been recommended for an upgrade to "threatened" on the Illinois endangered species list.

In the wilderness, peregrines are cliff dwellers. They've adapted to the cityscape by nesting on bridges, fire escapes, and the ledges of tall buildings. The Chicago area breeding pairs are located in Waukegan, Evanston, Edgewater, Uptown, Lake View, Wacker Drive, Metropolitan Correctional Center, UIC, Pilsen, Hyde Park, and Calumet.

"It's a wonderful accident that this bird can live in an urban setting," says Dan Gooch, chair of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board. The birds actually do more than live here: they thrive.


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