Hey, there’s good news in the Dallas Morning News:
Hospital won’t evict family of hawks
Mesquite: Baylor’s got a new maternity wing
06:20 AM CDT on Thursday, April 27, 2006
By GRETEL C. KOVACH / The Dallas Morning News
Baylor Health Care System has gone to new heights to care for expectant mothers – specifically the ones with wings and sharp curved beaks.
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A nest of red-tailed hawks is perched atop a billboard off Interstate 30 in Mesquite.
Forty feet above the traffic on Interstate 30 in Mesquite, a family of red-tailed hawks is roosting on a billboard, sheltered from the wind by a sign advertising a long-gone Baylor event.
Early this month, Impact Outdoor Advertising employees discovered an imposing mother hawk and her mate nestled on several eggs in a nest of leafy branches.
They needed to change the outdated sign but were given strict instructions not to disturb the outdoor maternity ward, said Christie Hansen, a Baylor marketing production coordinator who also works as an animal-rescue volunteer.
Contrast that with the awful disregard for raptor life shown by the USDA in Florida, where nesting red-shouldered hawks were shotgunned to provide full access to a country club for golfers.