Welcome to Hawk Happenings!


This Bird Cams Lab investigation is centered on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Red-tailed Hawks cam. Watch the cam and see the resources below to get started.

Get started

Video: Introducing the Bird Cams Lab
About the Project
How to Join and Use the Forum
What’s a Testable Question?
Refining Your Questions

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Week of April 6
Brainstorm and discuss questions on the Wonder Board
Week of April 20
Sorting activity and question design
Week of April 27
Finish refining questions on the Question Design Board
Week of May 4
Vote on which question to investigate
Week of  May 18
Collect data
Week of June 15
Organize data for data exploration
Week of September 7
Explore data
Week of October 19
Live webinar 
Week of November 16
Review and edit final report
Week of November 23
Publish Final Report

Project Feedback

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The Cornell Hawks cam follows a pair of Red-tailed Hawks that have been nesting above Cornell University’s athletic fields since 2012. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology installed cameras to get a better look at the intimate behavior of these well-known birds as they raise their young amid the bustle of a busy college campus.

From April–November 2020, we took the cam experience to the next level! Cornell Hawk cam viewers joined together with scientists and learned more about six hawk behaviors they see on screen. It was just like participating in field biology, but from our living rooms.

See the most recent project updates.