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A Bird’s Eye View of Restoring Earth

January 12, 2012

Meet the Peregrin Falcon. Once nearly extinct in Illinois, 23 currently live in the state, mostly on Chicago’s tall buildings. One of them is part of the collections at The Field Museum’s newest exhibit Restoring Earth.

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You can build your own collection at the center of the exhibit with an interactive touch screen game. Answer a series of questions that asks you to search deep into your soul, and the result is a personal collection that The Field Museum emails to you. One of the questions:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be: swim like a fish, fly like a bird, time travel or (something else I can’t recall)?

In the email you’ll learn specific information about the items in your collection. Since I chose ‘fly like a bird’, I get to learn this fun fact about my collection:

Peregrine Falcons had all but completely disappeared from the Midwest by the 1960s, due to the use of DDT.

The falcons were not happy with humans after the DDT debacle. We owe it an apology. Please look into its eye and apologize:

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My collection includes a link to a map of all 23 peregrine falcon territories in Illinois. Also, I learned about the Chicago Peregrine Program which is directed by scientist Mary Hennen. Her job involves climbing onto the ledges of Chicago skyscrapers to watch eggs hatch, track parent ID, and care for the sick. Awesome!

Visit Restoring Earth to answer some soul searching questions and build your collection, which can be shared on Facebook & Twitter. To give you a sneak preview of what you’re missing, here is the bird’s eye view of Restoring Earth

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Actually, this is more like the opposite of a bird’s eye view–low to the ground and blurry. Thanks for reading, be yourself or be no one, letUbeU!

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