In the 1950s and 60s, bird of prey populations plummeted around the United States due to the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. Various groups pulled together to protect raptors, which led to the creation of several conservation groups, including the still prominent Environmental Defense Fund, and eventually to the ban of DDT in 1972. Now birds of prey face new threats and efforts are being made to protect them.

Lindsey Parkinson is a junior double majoring in environmental science and environmental education.
Lauren Owens is a Fairhaven student studying environmental photojournalism. She loves shorelines.

for THE PLANET magazine
at Western Washington University
planet.wwu.edu

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