Pale Male with eyass, Red Tailed Hawk of Fifth Ave, NY, NY.

Pale Male with eyass, Red Tailed Hawk of Fifth Ave, NY, NY.

Pale Male moved to New York as a juvenile hawk in the early 1990s. He has been widely successful as a predator, siring many offspring and maintaining a hunting grounds in Central Park. He lives at 927 Fifth Ave, with his 8th mate, Octavia.

Reports are that Pale Male idolizes Horatio Alger and is a strong supporter of Reaganomics. 

  Juvenile Brown Pelican at the Salton Sea in Southern California

Juvenile Brown Pelican at the Salton Sea in Southern California

This pelican stands on a beach made of fish bones, enjoying one of the few wet places in the Mojave Desert. The Salton Sea is an important stop for birds of many species as they migrate for winter. 

Several hundred years ago, a giant ancient sea called Lake Cahuilla existed in the area of the Salton Sink in Southern California. Before European explorers reached Lake Cahuilla, it evaporated due to natural changes in the weather. In the early 1900s, dam engineers miscalculated and water diverted from the Colorado River intended for Los Angeles residents and surrounding farmland flowed into the Salton Sink, filling the ancient sink hole where Lake Cahuilla had been. During the 1950s, the Salton Sea became a popular tourist spot for weekend vacationers. Fish species were introduced, and children came to play at the crowded Bombay Beach.

However, the Salton Sea does not have sufficient water to sustain itself. Water is becoming saltier and more polluted. Many of the introduced fish species have died off, and their bones fill the shorelines, appearing like sand from a distance. 

 

  Yellow Sweet Clover,   Melilotus officinalis, a common invasive species in North America. A native species of Eurasia

Yellow Sweet Clover, Melilotus officinalis, a common invasive species in North America. A native species of Eurasia