Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Redlining Raptors

When I was growing up in central Connecticut there were no raptors. They were hunted by farmers in the first part of the 20th century, and in the 1950's, 60's and 70's widespread use of pesticides such as DDT created eggshell thinning and virtually eliminated species reproduction.
But now they are back. We see them every day on streetlamps on the sides of highways, circling over the neighborhood, or even munching on pigeons and squirrels in our yard.

But there still is one place where they have not yet appeared.

Hawks are not allowed
on the playground at recess -
no preying at school.

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