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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Pale Male's Nest Destroyed

(Photo credit - Lincoln Karim)

Many readers are already familiar with Fifth Avenue's famous Red-tailed Hawk, Pale Male. He has been nesting on the side of a building across from Central Park successfully for a decade. Yesterday his nest was illegally removed with the blessings of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Check out this article:

-click to read more about Pale Male-

The media has been reporting on the story like crazy. Also, here is a recent posting from eBirds NYC discussion group:

From:  Patricia Scott
Date: Wed Dec 8, 2004 1:32 pm
Subject: protesting Pale Male's lost nest

Got this through friends on another list:
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Pale Male and Lola's nest destroyed (by people) yesterday

The phones are ringing off the hook at the museum today, lawsuits are already being filed and the news media is going nuts over this, so this story will not end quickly. For more information, check out the newsstory (there will be more published soon, no doubt!) at; SITE=NYNYD&SECTION=MIDEAST&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

and also look at the Pale Male website for LOTS of information;

If you want to protest the removal of Pale Male and Lola's nest, begin by writing letters and snailmailing, FAXing AND emailing them to;

Lee A. Schneckenberger
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Office of Law Enforcement
70 Sunrise Highway, Suite 419
Valley Stream, NY 11581
Phone: (516) 825-3950 x234
Fax: (516) 825-3597


I suggest that you get as much mileage as you can from your letters of protest. You should also mention in your letter if you have been (or plan to be) visiting NYC and how this might affect your plans.

Here is another website with lots of information about this pair of urban Red-tailed Hawks:

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