Raptors - birds of prey - have three distinguishing characteristics: a hooked beak, excellent long-range vision, and strong feet with sharp talons. If you visit any of three large wetland mitigation sites owned by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department - the Brushy Lake site in Monroe County, the Middle Ouachita River site in Clark County, and the Rixey Bayou site in Pulaski County - you may notice a red-tailed hawk, a red-shouldered hawk, or other raptor perched on a "platform in the sky." The box-like wooden structures attached to the tops of telephone poles were installed by the Department to enhance wildlife habitat on the sites. They make ideal "stages" for hawks' hunting and feeding when on-site natural raptor perches are not present.
--Apr 25, 2003
|Photo by Phillip D. Moore, Arkansas State Highway and Transportatio|
|Raptor platform at the Rixey Bayou Wetland Mitigation Area|