Hawk Talk is part of a larger project that the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is co-developing with viewers called the Bird Cams Lab in which scientists and viewers work together to create scientific investigations. Hawk Talk is a research investigation that is co-created by cam viewers and scientists. During the summer of 2018, a group of volunteer cam watchers spent weeks observing the Red-tailed Hawk cam, brainstorming questions about what they were seeing, and ultimately voting on a question to investigate: “Do the hawks use different kinds of calls in different situations at the nest?”

Previous studies on hawk vocalizations have been limited by observers on the ground or researchers briefly checking a nest. The Red-tailed Hawk cam gives us the chance to document every vocalizations at the nest for the entire season without disturbing the birds! Help realize the potential of 24/7 wildlife cams to reveal new insights about animal behavior by participating today.

We have thousands clips from the first week after the nestlings start hatching that are ready for you to watch and tag. But don’t just classify the data! Join us on the forums to ask questions, discuss what you are seeing, and be a part of the community.

To get started, head over to Hawk Talk at www.zooniverse.org/projects/rachael-cornell/hawk-talk and start classifying clips or join in the discussion on the forums.