Hawk Talk: About the Nest

Hawk Talk is a project co-created by cam viewers and scientists. The data collection phase was hosted on Zooniverse, an easy-to-use platform that hosts hundreds of other citizen-science projects from arts to astronomy to wildlife. There, over 1,400 citizen scientists collected data from over 8,000 clips!

These clips were taken from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Red-tailed Hawks cam. A Red-tailed Hawk pair has been nesting above Cornell University’s athletic fields since 2012. The hawks have used two different light towers for their nest sites. In 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2019 they used a tower near Fernow Hall, and in 2013, 2014, and 2016 they used the tower nearest Weill Hall. The cameras allow us to see the adults raise their young amid the bustle of a busy campus.