Birds of prey are thriving in places like New York, London, and Berlin, where raptors nest on skyscrapers and feast on pigeons. We talk to Canadian wildlife biologist David Bird, our guest in the latest World Science Forum, about the surprisingly good raptor habitat to be found in some major cities. (Photo: www.flickr.com/ photos/ animaltourism)
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MARCO WERMAN: We’re talking about raptors in The World’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is your opportunity to talk online with a featured science expert. And right now you can talk to none other than David Bird. Professor Bird is a wildlife biologist at McGill University in Montreal and he says that some cities around the world provide good habitat for raptors, at least for some species.
PROFESSOR DAVID BIRD: South African cities have birds of prey like the black sparrow hawks. Germany, there’s something like 15 pairs of Gosshawks breeding right downtown Hamburg in various green spaces and so on. The city of London, England is now home to Paragon Falcons nesting on churches and large skyscrapers down there. The skyscrapers are nothing more than cliffs to them.
WERMAN: But it’s not just about the skyscrapers. These cities also offer other benefits to birds of prey. What kinds of benefits? Well, you can find out by listening to a conversation between David Bird and The World’s science correspondent, Rhitu Chatterjee, and you can ask your own questions. What can you do to protect raptors in your community? To listen and to participate in The World’s Science Forum, go to the world dot org slash science. The conversation continues through next week.
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