What can you tell me about the Peregrine Falcon?
Well, first of all they're everywhere in New York. They live on mostly bridges and skyscrapers. As a matter of fact you could see them along on the Brooklyn Bridge. What amazes me most about them is that they've adapted so well to life in the city. I also know that the parents feed their young.
What type of bird research do you do at Columbia University?
Well I research all types of birds. I write reports or summaries on the certain bird that I'm researching. Right now I'm doing my research on the Monk Parakeets.
You are a bird watcher--what exactly do you do?
I go out on organized bird walks where they show you different kinds of birds. One type of organized walk is the Urban Park Rangers. They point the different birds out to you, and say what type of bird it is. Then I write about the bird that I'm researching.
How can people help Peregrine Falcons and other wild birds in New York City?
Well they should stop using pesticides, stop killing them and keep the environment clean. Because if you keep the environment clean, then you keep everything that lives in it healthy.
How can kids help keep our environment clean and safe for the Peregrine Falcons?
We should stop using the pesticide called DDT. Even though the US has banned DDT, some other countries still use it. We should also be aware of threats to the birds and try to save them. People should stop taking away their habitats just to have our own luxuries. And we should also pick up trash. Picking up a piece of paper goes a long way.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Well they're very easy to see. You could easily spot them on a bridge, not so much on a building, but a bridge is easier. They're very amazing birds, and they are very cool!
To read Jennifer's article entitled "Nesting in the Clouds" on history channel.com, click here.