Students in the Introduction to Ecology and Diversity Lab visited Chickatawbut Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation for a Hawk Watch on September 21, 2012. They met with Norman Smith, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Audubon’s Trailside Museum, who is a research expert on hawks, owls, and other birds. Smith captured a red-tailed hawk and gave the students an introduction the bird’s history before releasing it back into the wild. The students also saw another hawk and turkey vultures from the observation deck at the museum.
The partnership with the Trailside Museum gives biology and environmental science students opportunities to gain real world experience and learn more about natural history. Students are volunteering at the museum’s OWL EVE event on November 3.
(Photos courtesy of professor Jonathan Twining)