U.S. Fish and Wildlife Turns Back on Baby Peregrines?
A group instrumental in the recovery of peregrine falcons in California is now battling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The dispute is over the group’s long-standing efforts to rescue young birds from drowning in San Francisco Bay.
Thanks in large part to the Predatory Bird Research Group at UC Santa Cruz, peregrines are no longer an endangered species. The birds have adapted to the urban environment, nesting in skyscrapers and bridges.
But when they choose bridges, young birds sometimes fly into the water and drown. Until this year, PBRG staff and volunteers have rescued many of the fledglings.
But now the group's director, Glenn Stewart, says that Fish and Wildlife wants to let nature take its course.
"They are saying that they will issue no more permits for rescuing and then releasing these young birds at a safe place," Stewart says.
Fish and Wildlife defends its hands-off approach, saying peregrines are now thriving and could threaten other smaller birds.