My Mom and I completed the course together and we agree that birds matter to us because: (1) they're a part of the natural world all around us that is relatively easy to tap into on a regular basis, (2) they're beautiful visually and auditorily and enhance quality of life, (3) they are part of a healthy functioning ecological system, including residential areas, and (4) the variety is highly stimulating to human curiosity.
We live in Indianapolis, IN. This hawk (unidentified, to us) landed on our back deck and then in the yard. The picture was taken through a screened window. We welcome any identification ideas...Cooper's hawk? We've also seen American Goldfinch, American Robin, House Sparrow, Cardinal, House Wrens, and Canadian Geese!