Cover Photo: Photograph by Lenora Todaro for Catapult
Photograph by Lenora Todaro for Catapult

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 writes for adults and children about wildlife, ecology, places, and books. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Afar, the Atlantic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers  and a volunteer interpreter with the Wildlife Conservation Society.  Her picture book, Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals on the Move in a Time of Pandemic, is a Green Earth Book Award Shortlist Nominee, and a Bank Street Best Children’s book of 2022. She is a city girl who loves the ocean. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.