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BABY DINOSAURS IN THE CITY!... and we've been studying them for years! We talked with Field Museum ornithologist Josh Engel about how scientists gather information and take risks while monitoring these impressive aerial predators.

By the 1960s the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) was extinct in many states - including Illinois - because of the negative effects of the pesticide DDT. But, thanks to dedicated reintroduction and monitoring efforts over the last 30 years in part from Field Museum scientist Mary Hennen and The Chicago Peregrine Program, just recently these birds were removed from the Illinois threatened species list!

There is a TON of information about the Chicago Peregrine Program on The Field's website: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/science/special-projects/illinois-peregrines

Read more about the announcement from the Chicago Suntimes: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/770839/peregrine-falcons-longer-threatened-species-illinois

Be sure to 'like' the Chicago Peregrine Program's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IllinoisPeregrines

Want to see more images of the peregrines in Chicago? We've got 'em! https://www.flickr.com/groups/midwest_peregrine_falcons/pool/

Big thanks to Mary Hennen, Stephanie Ware and Josh Engel for taking the time to help us film this episode!

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Producer, Writer, Creator, Host:
Emily Graslie

Producer, Editor, Camera:
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Theme music:
Michael Aranda

Created By:
Hank Green
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Filmed on Location and Supported by:
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(http://www.fieldmuseum.org)

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