Peregrine Falcons return to the ridge for the first time since 1957

With the extinction of Peregrine falcons throughout the Northeast due to the effect of the pesticide DDT on their reproductive systems, efforts are made to reintroduce peregrines using captive-bred chicks from Cornell University.

 

Photo: Research Associate Dr. Heinz Meng (right) of SUNY New Paltz and a colleague banding a Peregrine falcon for release. Photo from the Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center archives.