SNHU's Red-tailed Hawks
Southern New Hampshire University
Red-tailed hawks are birds of prey. Red-tailed hawks are native to North and Central America. These hawks are common in the state of New Hampshire and are spotted frequently. There have been two Red-tailed hawks observed on Southern New Hampshire University's (SNHU’s) campus. The hawks use the campus' surrounding wood and open fields for their home. SNHU’s campus provides an ideal location for the hawks to reside at or near. SNHU is a rapidly growing school. With this growth comes campus expansion. As the school grows, the surrounding wooded landscape will decrease, causing habitat loss for local wildlife. If the hawks reside on the campus, habitat loss could disrupt their natural patterns. This research project aims to study the habits of the Red-tailed hawks to ensure their safety on SNHU’s campus. This will be done by observing the interactions between the Red-tailed hawks and SNHU’s campus. Understanding how the hawks interact with the environment will influence future decisions to guarantee their safety. The campus does not have any formal recognition of the hawks nor any education available to the public about them. Further research must be conducted on the Red-tailed hawks in order to create a solution that ensures their safety, as well as the safety of SNHU’s campus.