Great news out of California last week… the rare species of the Pergerine Falcon was removed from the endangered species list. Scientists in California cited the ban on DDT as a factor for rejuvenating the species, which was one of the first animals protected under the California Endangered Species Act.
San Jose Mercury News has more on their web site…
EUREKA, Calif.—Scientists say a state ban on the pesticide DDT has helped revive the peregrine falcon, one of the first animals protected under the California Endangered Species Act.
The state Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted this month to remove the falcon from the endangered species list.
Before California banned DDT in 1972, the peregrine falcon was pushed to the brink of extinction. The number of breeding pairs fell to 10, far below the 100 to 300 pairs estimated to exist historically.
Scientists say the pesticide causes falcons and other birds to lay eggs with shells too thin to support the weight of their parents.
The number of peregrine falcons has rebounded over the past three decades after scientists launched a captive breeding and release program.
The peregrine falcon, or “falco peregrinus” is a fascinating animal, indeed. Be sure to check out Wikipedia for more information, as well as this cool video…