There’s good news for the peregrine falcon in Illinois. The Department of Natural Resources says, because of better conservation measures, more awareness, less use of pesticides, and its own assimilation, the peregrine is close to being removed from the state’s threatened species list. “Endangered means it’s in danger of disappearing from the state as a breeding species,” says DNR spokesman Chris Young. “A species that’s threatened means that sometime in the future it may become endangered. It’s in trouble, and we might need to take notice.”
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Young says the discontinuation of DDT as a pesticide gets part of the credit. He says you are likely to see a peregrine falcon perched on a window ledge in Chicago or Springfield, or on a bridge in Peoria.