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Campus Hawks Blog

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A heartwarming nature story at Sprint Headquarters ended June 8 when a fledgling red-tail hawk tumbled from the edge of its nest atop Campus Clock Tower Building. Despite receiving immediate attention, the bird died two hours later at a nearby volunteer wildlife center.

The growth of the chick and one sibling had drawn the attention of hundreds of Sprint employees and thousands of others who viewed much of the nest activity via streaming video.

The two baby hawks were first visible in the nest early May. Three weeks later, one of the young hawks disappeared as a result of unknown causes and the remaining young hawk became the sole focus of its devoted parents.

Trips from the nest to area hunting grounds were frequent, and the young hawk’s body quickly grew. With trips to and from the nest, the parent hawks faced hostile spring storms as well as raptors, blue jays, kingbirds, crows and kestrels. Regardless of the incessant attacks, the parents continued to do feed and defend their young charge.

The chick was healthy and growing steadily the morning it fell after trying to right itself at the edge of the nest.      

The sad events of June 8 can be softened knowing that early next year the red-tailed hawks will again visit the Sprint Campus and will quite likely build a new nest on the 160-foot Clock Tower Building.

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Feeny and Vacasight captured an amazing video with their webcam on the Sprint Campus (delivered over the Spritn 4G network, of course) of the fledgling hawk learning to fly!  Check out the video to see our Campus Hawk stretching it's wings!

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Feeny Wireless, our M2M camera partner in this effort has provided a couple of highlight videos from the webcam of the chicks in the nest! 

Fledgling Excercises:

Time for Breakfast!

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She soars, swoops, dives, then lightly touches down, beak-to-beak witha fuzzy yellow face that only a mother could love a mother, that is, and any nature lovers who wish to have a nest-side view of a pair of red-tailed hawks and  their baby as it mature from chick to fledgling.

Making this view especially intriguing is where it’s housed – near the top of the 162-foot iconic clock tower on Sprint’s (NYSESmiley Frustrated) Overland Park headquarters campus. Equally intriguing is how outside viewers and employees get an inside glimpse of what most nature lovers can only dream of: This “bird’s-eye view” of a different kind is made possible through an enhanced wireless video surveillance camera that puts Sprint’s machine-to-machine (M2M) technology to use. The camera will be in place until the chick matures to fledgling near the end of May.

Want to take a peek at what the chick is up to? The bird-cam is available, live, during daylight hours, seven days a week, by visiting http://www.varacam.com/index.htm

Integrating technology and nature

Here’s how it works: Sprint has teamed with our M2M partner Feeney Wireless to install an enhanced video surveillance camera on an adjacent campus building for this up-close view of the hawk family who chose to make the Sprint’s clock tower their home. The camera not only provides this nest-side view, it also showcases just one example of how Feeney Wireless’s technology, coupled with Sprint’s blazing fast 4G wireless network via a Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem by Sierra Wireless, can provide mobile surveillance that is live and nearly seamless.

“This is an excellent example of the unexpected ways technology can impact lives; in this case bringing us a close-up into the marvel of nature,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “M2M is a massive growth opportunity because there is no limit to the number of devices that can be connected together, what they can be connected with, and how they can be applied. As a result, M2M can be applied to virtually any business or lifestyle situation we can imagine.”

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