Bealls helps to protect hawks at Bradenton HQ

Bay News 9March 2, 2014 

Two red shouldered hawks built a nest right next to the Bealls corporate headquarters in Bradenton. PHOTO PROVIDED/Bay News 9

BRADENTON -- A large company in Manatee County is doing its part to help protect a couple of federally protected birds.

Two red shouldered hawks built a nest right next to the Bealls corporate headquarters in Bradenton.

While the hawks have not caused any problems, some are worried they could. As a precaution for the birds and employees, a local wildlife expert placed warning signs around the nest area in hopes of keeping the curious away and the hawks happy. Employees what to do when they see the hawks flying around or in the tree.

Luckily, none of the employees has had an encounter with the hawks.

Bill Webster, the director of Bealls public and government affairs, said that in their 30 years in the building, they've never had red shouldered hawks nest there before.

He said everyone is enjoying the experience.

"They've been good neighbors, and we want to be good neighbors to them," Webster said. "We've really enjoyed watching them."

The area will only need to be blocked off for about a month. After that the birds will fly away.

The nest cannot be removed because red shouldered hawks are federally protected.

The nest is located on private property and not in an area for the public to view.

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