I investigated the increased local hawk population for WBEZ's Curious City, and we uncovered a wildlife conservation success story. Experts at the Lincoln Park Zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute told us that Cooper's Hawks are on the rise after spending years on the Illinois Endangered Species list. Special thanks to Chicago artist Diana Sudyka for custom illustrations (!) of our hawk neighbors. The full story is here. (The story begins at 4:45 on this Soundcloud file.)
Note: the hawk in this image is *not* to scale. It's a composite image from two Creative Commons licensed photos via Flickr by users: "Chickens in the trees" and "like, totally." Yes, those are their usernames.