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In the Loop: January 23, 2007 Archive

Urban Jungles?

Posted at 1:49 PM on January 23, 2007 by Sanden Totten (9 Comments)

urbansigns.jpgDriving into St Paul today I saw a bald eagle. Seriously. They've been on the rise here.

It got me thinking about the wildlife of our cities. Common sense tells us that most animals stay out of our concrete jungles but some recent reports paint urban areas as a hot bed of animal and plant action. They say the countryside is less hospitable to critters than it used to be thanks to large scale farms that reduce bio-diversity and often leave dangerous chemicals in their wake.

Animals are adapting to their new homes in some surprising ways. Check out these birds that learned to rap. Others haven't been doing quite as well (check out the second paragraph for the evolutionary explanation for roadkill).

And here I was thinking the only wild animals living in the Twin Cities were Gopher fans after a big win.

(Photo by Elia Diodati via CreativeCommons license)

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