What New York City’s Most Famous Peregrine Falcons Taught Me About Parenting
Adele and Frank prepare for an empty nest.
This is Sidewalk Naturalist, a column by Lenora Todaro, which sees New York City through its wildlife citizens, whose lives tell us something about living in this city’s fragile ecosystem.
Lenora Todaro is a writer, editor, walker, and wildlife enthusiast. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, Salon, Bookforum, and elsewhere. She was a senior editor at the Village Voice. She is a docent at the Prospect Park Zoo and is working on a book about urban wildlife and ecology. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram
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