As soon as word reached the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Cams community that Ezra, the Red-tailed Hawk, had died on March 19, the tributes started to flow, and they still haven’t stopped. Ezra captured hearts around the world with his devotion to his mate, Big Red, and the 15 nestlings they raised together ever since the cams started streaming at their nest in 2012.
In addition to sharing favorite memories, hawk watchers asked how we could celebrate Ezra’s legacy. After sorting through feedback from viewers, moderators, and BOGs (birders on the ground), we were inspired to create a tribute that would help us all remember Ezra and pass along his inspiration to others through an educational panel on campus at a meaningful location.
“Look Up!” is one of the favorite refrains of the hawk cam community, a reminder of the beauty and drama anyone can witness just by looking up to see birds. We envision sharing this idea with passersby, using the educational panel to raise awareness of the hawks and other birds that choose the Cornell campus as their home.