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Police Cameras Track Hawks' Family Time on Clovis Water Tower
GV-Wire
By Jody Murray
Published 5 years ago on
May 22, 2019

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For more than two years, Clovis police have hosted an online reality show about a close-knit family whose home boasts an awesome view of the city.

In early 2018, the two remote-controlled cameras mounted on Old Town Clovis’ iconic water tower captured a heart-warming scene: two adult red-tailed hawks had built a nest on the water tank landing. There were eggs.

A Social Media Hit

The city’s police department, which operates and monitors the cameras, had the makings of a social media bonanza. The department began to post video clips of the hawk family on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Three baby hawks popped out in April 2018.

“I think the entire process is pretty interesting. They go from hatching to eating on their own, then flying for the first time,” said Shawn Knapp, a police department community service officer.

A collection of monitors at Knatt’s desk display the department’s security cameras, which include the hawk-cams. Other than the monitoring equipment, the city’s contact in the birds is completely passive. Nothing has been done that might interfere with the hawks’ habits, Knapp said.

Four New Hatchlings

This spring, the family cycle repeated itself. This time, there were four hatchlings. A Facebook post in April featuring the newborns attracted 440 likes and 98 shares. Other posts got similar attention.

Ready to Take Flight

On Wednesday, the police department posted an update that showed the swiftly maturing young hawks were preparing to take wing.

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