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Some say they're spotting more hawks in the metro and raptor expert explains why

Some say they're spotting more hawks in the metro and raptor expert explains why

Some people in the metro say they're seeing more hawks than before, and wildlife experts say there's a good reason.

"With no leaves on the trees they are easier to spot," said Denise Lewis, the director of Raptor Recovery at Fontenelle Forest.

She's been interested in birds of prey since she was seven years old, and she knows a thing or two about these creatures.

She says first of all, this time of year, hawks are just easier to see.

In fact, people in Dundee just snapped a bunch of photos of these raptors.

"Second of all, some of them do migrate long distances," said Lewis. "It's kind of all about the food with the red tailed hawk."

You might even see a red tailed hawk, or even a smaller type called the cooper's hawk.

"Even though we're in the city, we're in the midst of wild creatures," said Lewis.

She says, not to worry though, hawks are harmless to people, but do go after birds.

Lewis says that's no reason to stop feeding the birds in your yard.

"If you have shrubs or a tree, something where the birds can escape to, that's a good thing," she said.

Call Fontenelle Forest if you see an injured raptor: (402) 731-3140

Read more about raptors: https://fontenelleforest.org/raptors/

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