WELCOME BACK, NYU HAWK CAM
We welcome you back to the NYU Hawk Cam.
In 2011, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks began nesting on a ledge outside the office of New York University’s president on the 12th floor of Bobst Library, overlooking Washington Square Park in NYC. They have returned every year since and recently have been visiting the nest -- a hopeful sign that we may have exciting developments to watch during the spring. To capture those moments, NYU has set up a camera so that the NYU community, the birding community, and others could have an unusual insider’s look at life in an urban raptor’s nest.
We know the return of the hawks to the nest is a welcome annual sight. Moreover, we know that the resumption of the NYU Hawk Cam is exciting for its numerous, long-time fans. The University is pleased to be able to give folks the chance to share in the hawks’ daily lives, and those of their offspring, thanks to the happy accident of where they chose to build their nest.
However close you may come to feel to these raptors, it is important to remember that they are wild birds of prey, protected by numerous state and federal laws from interventions by humans. Red-tailed Hawks have evolved over millions of years to cope with all manner of variables when it comes to raising their young. Nevertheless, should the adult hawks or eyasses encounter a natural problem in the nest, NYU’s position is to let nature take its course over immediate human intervention.
Because the NYU Hawk Cam is broadcasting in real time, it's possible that viewers will potentially witness an upsetting event in the nest involving the perceived well-being of the hawks. Viewers must decide for themselves whether they are comfortable with viewing the raw, unfettered access to nature the Hawk Cam provides.
Finally, we also find it also important to note, given the birds’ beauty and the opportunity accorded by the Hawk Cam to observe them intimately as they raise their nestlings, there may be a tendency to project human traits on these raptors, including giving them names. NYU does not officially endorse anthropomorphizing the adult hawks or their eyasses and will not seek to name them.
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