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Flaco Is Free, but the State of the City for Birds Is Mixed – The New York Times

Flaco Is Free, but the State of the City for Birds Is Mixed – The New York Times

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Many New Yorkers have become interested in birding since the pandemic. Still, the city remains a tough place for birds.

Good morning. It’s Friday. We’ll take note of a rodent that lives in a zoo and a bird that also lived in one — until it fled into the wilds of Manhattan. We’ll also get details on negotiations for a plea deal for the former chief financial officer at Donald Trump’s family business.
It’s Groundhog Day. There’s a chance of rain, so when it comes to shadow-seeing, the groundhog Chuck at the Staten Island Zoo may be staring at wet, squishy ground when he waddles out of his burrow.
Let’s focus on a different creature — one that broke out of captivity a year ago and is still on the loose in Manhattan. Namely, Flaco the Eurasian eagle-owl.
Flaco captured the city’s attention. But he is only one bird. Of 800 bird species in North America, more than 300 call New York home at some time during the year. What about them?
“Some things are going very well — some are not,” Dustin Partridge, the director of conservation and science for New York City Audubon, said when I asked how he would begin a State of the City address for birds.
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