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Former SUNY New Paltz Professor Who Aided In Falcon Recovery Dies

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

A former biology professor at SUNY New Paltz credited with the recovery of a certain bird of prey in the eastern U.S. has died. 

Emeritus professor of biology Heinz Meng taught at the college for the more than 50 years of his career, from his appointment in 1951 until his retirement in 2001. He is perhaps best known in the conservation community as the person credited with the recovery of the peregrine falcon in the eastern U.S.  In 1967, He became the first to succeed in breeding the peregrine falcon in captivity, at a time when populations had been severely decimated by widespread use of pesticides including DDT. Meng began flying falcons on campus in 1974, a tradition he continued until his retirement.  

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