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Hawk nesting platform a collaborative effort

March 2nd, 2017 under Top Stories
From left, AEP staffers George Salgado, Eddie Mediano, John Salgado, and Mando Hernandez with the hawk nesting platform.

From left, AEP staffers George Salgado, Eddie Mediano, John Salgado, and Mando Hernandez with the hawk nesting platform.

FAR WEST TEXAS – The Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists are tremendously grateful to all who helped with the Hawk Nest Platform Project.

Albert Bork, Mark Paul, Steve and Carla Kennedy, and Martini Construction all contributed to building the platform, which was designed by architect Julian Pittman.

Eddie Pallarez of the AEP Marfa office generously authorized the gift of a utility pole and its installation, which was accomplished by George Salgado, John Salgado, Joel Bentley, Eddie Mediano, and Mando Hernandez.

Mark Lockwood, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Regional Director, contributed his breadth of ornithological knowledge in consulting on the dimensions and placement of the project, installed near a continuous water source February 6 on the Kennedy’s land.

Hopes are high that in the future, perhaps a pair of Red-tailed or Swainson’s hawks will nest and breed and hopefully return year after year to grow their raptor family. Hawks choose such sites because they prefer a clear view of wide open areas allowing them to protect their young from predators and observe prey.

The public can use binoculars to view the nest site in Fort Davis. From state highway 118 (State Street), head east on Cemetery Road and look south just west of the cemetery.

The Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists looks forward to replicating the project throughout the area.

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