Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hawk Research

We recently had the opportunity to go on another awesome adventure at Starr Ranch.  This time learned how to track hawks using radio telemetry.  We also got to hear the different calls that hawks make and saw a video of a hawk's nest with baby hawks that were born on the ranch. 

Here are some interesting things we learned:
*Hawks are raptors that are diurnal.
*Owls are raptors that are nocturnal.
*Animals that are awake at dawn and dusk are called crepuscular.
*Raptors have large sharp talons and hooked beaks.
*There are around 7 different kinds of hawks at Starr Ranch.
     -the ones we tracked were Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Cooper's Hawks
*Hawks make their nests out of sticks and often reuse nests from year to year.
*Hawks will eat rodents, birds, lizards and snakes. 
*100 Disneylands can fit into Starr Ranch.

We saw these deer when we first got there.
Getting ready to collect data.
Carly using the transmitter.
Nate reading the GPS coordinates of the location of the found hawk.
The girls with Scott, the education director.
Nate listening.

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