2018 Wyoming Ferruginous Hawk Cam

This year, the Biodiversity Institute has the pleasure of filming a nesting pair of Ferruginous Hawks. For those unfamiliar, the namesake “ferruginous” is a bit unfamiliar, but it simply means “rusty” owing to the characteristic red/brown color on the back and legs. These hawks are specialists of arid, open habitats like grasslands and sagebrush plains. Perhaps more than any other raptor, they rely heavily on large rodent prey like prairie dogs and occasionally jackrabbit.

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Please Note: This is a wild ferruginous hawk nest and anything can happen. While we hope that all the hawks hatched in this nest will grow up healthy and successfully fledge each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this hawk family and may at times be difficult to watch.

In order to protect the hawks and their nest, the specific location of this nest is private and cannot be disclosed.

Due to the nest's remote location, weather and cellular congestion can impact the speed and quality of this stream. We monitor this feed regularly, and will work to maximize the quality of the stream to the best of our ability. Best viewing times are in the morning, and late afternoon / evening MST when network congestion is low.

The stream starts with the most recent footage available, however, a full four hours of footage is available to view at any time. Simply drag the red play cursor to the left to watch recent footage.


2018 Wyoming Ferruginous Hawk Cam

This year, the Biodiversity Institute has the privilege of filming a nesting pair of Ferruginous Hawks. For those unfamiliar, the namesake “ferruginous” means “rusty” owing to the characteristic red/brown color on the back and legs. These hawks are specialists of arid, open habitats like grasslands and sagebrush plains. Perhaps more than any other raptor, they rely heavily on large rodent prey like prairie dogs and occasionally jackrabbit. They occupy a smaller continental range than many similarly sized hawks, and Wyoming residents are fortunate to see these animals more frequently than most other states. Typically, we expect to see eggs laid late in April, hatching in late May or early June, and nestlings growing until the middle of July before leaving the nest.

The nest selected for filming by the Biodiversity Institute is a unique one. While most Ferruginous Hawks will nest on rock bluffs, trees and, sometimes man-made nest platforms, this nesting pair has built a nest on top of an oil retainer tank. The Ferruginous Hawk has been considered by some to be highly susceptible to human disturbances, but studies are also showing that any two individuals may respond very differently to humans. It likely takes a very tolerant breeding pair to nest on active oil and gas infrastructure. We look forward to learn about the nesting duties of the adults, the food they eat, and the fate of their young in the summer of 2018.

About the Biodiversity Institute Raptor Cam

A glimpse into the private lives of wild animals is a rare delight. However, new camera, solar and data transmission technologies have made the behaviour of wildlife more accessible. The lifecycles of breeding raptors, for example, can be made visible by filming nest sites where young are raised. Video recordings provide data for the scientific investigation of nesting behaviour, prey species relationships and the survival of nestlings – information that is important for raptor conservation. Further, raptor nest video is a charismatic means to inform and engage citizens, scientists and land managers interested in the natural diversity of Wyoming. Thus, the Biodiversity Institute has launched an initiative to publicly stream footage of raptor nests in Wyoming. This initiative intends to promote the conservation of these captivating species in Wyoming and beyond, while simultaneously generating valuable data for the scientific community.

The nest was identified as part of a joint research project of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Posting Videos and Photos From Biodiversity Institute Raptor Cam

The University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute invites anyone to post photo and video screenshots / screen-recordings captured from these high definition cams. Since these photos and videos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, Instagram, Websites, Blogs, or another social media location, the following information be included at the end of your photo/video caption: © 2018 University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, Wyobiodiversity.org. These live feeds are the intellectual property of the University Of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, and we kindly request that you do not attempt to embed or live stream these feeds on your website, blog, app, etc., or attempt to monetize screen shots or video captures. Thank you for your cooperation!

2018 Hawk Cam Image & Video Gallery

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