A Suburban Times reader sent us a note last week asking about the status of a red-tailed hawk’s nest on the proposed site of a Wal-Mart store near the Meadow Park Golf Course. The bird, nicknamed Katrino by avid observers, can often be seen guarding a tree near the golf course. Reader Bob Warfield was concerned that the bird and its mate, which reportedly raise a pair of young each year, would be displaced when the mega-retailer built its store on the site. However, The Suburban Times has learned that Wal-Mart has contributed $250,000 to a fund for habitat restoration in other areas of the city as well as opted to move the nest to a better location on the site and build an alternative nest to give the birds options when they begin mating again in January.
“The red-tailed hawk is not a threatened species, but does have some protection as a migratory bird,” said Lakewood spokeswoman Candice Bock. “Walmart opted to relocate the nest now instead of waiting in an attempt to beat the red-tailed hawk’s nesting season which begins in January. They did not want a hawk to set up housekeeping in the existing nest prior to its removal and relocation.”
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