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The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on June 7 posted this photo of peregrine falcon chicks in the nest. The peregrine is renowned for its speed, capable of reaching over 200 mph during its characteristic hunting stoop, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom. According to National Geographic, the fastest measured speed of a peregrine falcon is 242 mph. The peregrine became an endangered species over much of its range because of the use of pesticides, especially DDT, during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Worldwide recovery efforts were successful after DDT was restricted, and the peregrine falcon was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species list in 1999.



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