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Landscape changes can bring raptors back to the corporate jungle

Story by Randy Mertens

Raptors won’t live in urban business parks with vast expanses of grass and parking lots. Research in St. Louis just completed by the University of Missouri shows that adding certain trees and tall grass will attract this wildlife.

Charles Nilon, professor of fisheries and wildlife at Mizzou’s School of Natural Resources, and Jonathan Hogg, graduate student, studied what repels and invites birds to business parks. They’ve determined habitat characteristics that can attract five species of raptors prevalent in the Midwest. The team is sharing results with corporate landholders wanting to create a more diverse environment.

Previously, it was thought that birds like the Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, American kestrel and northern goshawk were too secretive and sensitive to live in any human-dominated landscape. Many of these birds were thought to have been displaced from their historic habitat by development.


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