The Raptors of Beijing

Asio otus and Aegypius monachus

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In a Beijing green space larger than New York’s Central Park, biologist Bao Weidong is scanning the trees, looking for a shy bird that’s increasingly scarce: the long-eared owl. There used to be dozens of them across the city, but they’re vanishing. On the other side of the city, a wildlife rescue center is working to save other raptors that have run afoul of the city’s many perils. Can the raptors of Beijing stage a comeback, in the face of runaway development? Will the people of Beijing make room for raptors?

Image Credit: Asio otus, Piet Reens. CC BY-SA

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A version of the Beijing raptor story aired previously on The World .

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