Hawk Nest Protected From Construction Zone

Red-tailed hawk nests in Shady Shores construction zone

By Sara Story
|  Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 6:44 PM CDT
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A red-tailed hawk nest sits in the middle of a construction zone in Shady Shores and some residents are making sure they stay safe.

Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter

A red-tailed hawk nest sits in the middle of a construction zone in Shady Shores and some residents are making sure they stay safe.

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Shady Shores is protecting a red-tailed hawk that is nesting in the middle of a construction zone.

Rebecca Morgan keeps a close eye on the federally protected bird and her babies.

"This particular hawk family used to live on my property, and we've watched her for the last 20 years," she said.

"She [the hawk] is part of the community," Morgan said. "She's my neighbor."

Morgan went to the town hall when construction on a new Denton Independent School District middle school came close to the birds' nest. Shady Shores leaders and the developer of the school decided a fence should go up around the perimeter of the tree.

"No work is to be done in this 150-foot area until the babies can survive on their own," she said.

Thanks to her efforts, Morgan is able to watch her neighbors grow up.

"To me, it's a joy to be a part of it -- to watch them learn about the environment around them and how to hunt and survive," she said. "I'm doing the best that I can to capture as much as I can."

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