Thursday, November 25, 2021

Review of "Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City," by Janet Schulman

 Review of

Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City, by Janet Schulman ISBN 9780375945588

Five out of five stars

Great nature tale set in an urban setting

Pale Male was a male hawk that set up residence in New York City within sight of Central Park. With plenty of small game to feed on in the park, he became a major attraction to many New Yorkers and tourists. He soared with ease over the high buildings, making him easy to see from the ground. Taking a mate, the couple raised several broods of chicks, nesting near the top of a local building.

 When there were some major objections to the natural mess caused down below, there was a movement to remove their nesting habitat. However, there was significant opposition to this move, some of which was based on the endangered species act. As a consequence, it was decided that the hawks would be left alone to live out their lives in that area.

 This is a true story, which makes it all the more appealing. It demonstrates that there is popular interest and support for nature in urban areas. Pale Male became a significant attraction for the people of New York as they watched the hawks fly and followed the progress of their chicks. Written for children, this book is also a delight for adults.

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