October 16, 2014

Helping Hawks Weather The Storm

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 their young, and strong winds endanger the hawk’s nest. Researchers are monitoring 300 nests every year, checking 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 act as a buffer against high winds.

[ Read the Article: How Climate Change Impacts Endangered Prairie Hawks ]

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