Getting to know our feathered friends

Two young red-shouldered hawks like to hang out on the lawn next the pond on campus.

The first week of summer break, I walked out of the University Advancement office and saw two large birds of prey sitting on the lawn next to the pond. I’d never seen such a thing – what were they doing on the ground? Thus began my quest to learn more about these birds. With the help of Marlene Benton, Director of the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) at CSUB, we identified them as the young offspring of a pair of red-shouldered hawks that had built a nest near the residence halls. Read my story of the journey to find the nest and why the hawks like to hang out on the lawn. Also, see more photos at our Facebook photo gallery.
– Jennifer Baldwin, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator