SUNY Cortland’s campus has recently played host the last few years to a bird considered an endangered species in New York.
The peregrine falcon initially had its state population wiped out by 1965 due to widespread usage of the pesticide DDT. Since being reintroduced to New York in the mid-1970’s, the falcons have re-established themselves in areas including the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, on ledges of skyscrapers in New York City, and at SUNY Cortland. Analysts speculate the school may have a breeding pair of the falcons on campus as well, which could potentially aid New York in recovering to its previous levels of peregrine falcon population.
In North America, it is now estimated that the overall peregrine falcon population has reached between 6-10,000 birds.