Saving Prairie Hawks

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Scientists in Alberta, Canada, are monitoring prairie hawks’ nests to find a way to protect them from the increasing harsh elements due to climate change.

    Scientists from the University of Alberta and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute are collaborating to find out how climate change is affecting endangered prairie hawks.  Officially known as “ferruginous hawks,” this particular prairie-breeding bird species is vulnerable during harsh weather events as there are few places for them to take cover.  Longer rain seasons affect the parent hawks ability to hunt food for young and strong winds endanger the hawk’s nest.  Researchers are monitoring 300 nests every year, check on them once a week. They are also using satellite tracking to follow the movements of these raptors as they defend their territory.  The team's goal is to figure out how they can build artificial nest platforms to as a buffer against high winds.