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Missouri Legislative Update | Kansas City's Peregrines

The Missouri legislature has been busy as it reaches the halfway-point of the 2021 session and the peregrine falcon population in the Midwest is recovering thanks to conservation efforts.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:06: Missouri lawmakers are on spring break, but still have hot button issues to work through when they return.

The issues still on the docket range from banning transgender student athletes from playing sports, to raising the gas tax and adding another requirement to the state’s voter identification law for elections. Missouri lawmakers also have to decide on legislation to forgive federal unemployment overpayments made in 2020.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:30: Thanks to conservation efforts 30 years in the making, peregrine falcons are likely to be removed from the state’s endangered species list this summer.

Peregrine falcons are well suited to city living; they often nest at great heights, like skyscrapers, and are natural predators of pigeons. There are currently seven successfully breeding pairs nesting in the Kansas City area, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. While this is enough to sustain the population for now, the department is trying to document others to continue conservation efforts.

If you see a peregrine falcon in the Kansas City area, please notify Joe DeBold of the Missouri Department of Conservation to report your finding at 816-759-7305 ext. 1130.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org.