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The Peregrine Returns

The Art and Architecture of an Urban Raptor Recovery

Mary Hennen with Peggy Macnamara

The Peregrine Returns

Mary Hennen with Peggy Macnamara

With Illustrations by Peggy Macnamara and Photographs by Stephanie Ware
208 pages | 159 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780226465425 Published July 2017
E-book $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226465562 Published July 2017
Peregrine falcons have their share of claims to fame. With a diving speed of over two hundred miles per hour, these birds of prey are the fastest animals on earth or in the sky, and they are now well known for adapting from life on rocky cliffs to a different kind of mountain: modern skyscrapers. But adaptability only helps so much. In 1951, there were no peregrines left in Illinois, for instance, and it looked as if the species would be wiped out entirely in North America. Today, however, peregrines are flourishing.

In The Peregrine Returns, Mary Hennen gives wings to this extraordinary conservation success story. Drawing on the beautiful watercolors of Field Museum artist-in-residence Peggy Macnamara and photos by Field Museum research assistant Stephanie Ware, as well as her own decades of work with peregrines, Hennen uses a program in Chicago as a case study for the peregrines’ journey from their devastating decline to the discovery of its cause (a thinning of eggshells caused by a by-product of DDT), through to recovery, revealing how the urban landscape has played an essential role in enabling falcons to return to the wild—and how people are now learning to live in close proximity to these captivating raptors.

Both a model for conservation programs across the country and an eye-opening look at the many creatures with which we share our homes, this richly illustrated story is an inspiring example of how urban architecture can serve not only our cities’ human inhabitants, but also their wild ones.
By John Bates
Chapter One
Decline of the Peregrines
Chapter Two
Effects of DDT
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Peregrine Life in the City
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Nest Site Selection
Chapter Seven
Nest Fidelity
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Peregrine Dispersal
Chapter Fourteen
Cultural Nest Locations
Chapter Fifteen
Crib Peregrines
Chapter Sixteen
Landmark Buildings
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Industrial Sites
Chapter Nineteen
Three of Chicago’s Eyries
Chapter Twenty
Living with Peregrines
Chapter Twenty-One
Another Opinion
Chapter Twenty-Two
City Wildlife
Chapter Twenty-Three
Not a Peregrine?
Chapter Twenty-Four
Urban Green Space
Chapter Twenty-Five
Bird-Friendly Architecture
Chapter Twenty-Six
Conservation and Natural History Museums
Chapter Twenty-Seven
A Species Recovered
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