Want to help owl researchers? Watch these webcams
People across the world can watch nesting great horned owls and long-eared owls in Montana and even snap photos of the birds to aid scientists.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Watch the great horned owl webcam live.
Unbeknownst to several owls in Charlo, Mont., people across the globe are watching them and snapping photos as they sit in their nests and hunt for food.
Thanks to a couple of live-streaming webcams, viewers can watch both great horned owls and long-eared owls whose nests will soon be full of chicks.
Philanthropic media organization explore.org partnered with the Owl Research Institute to install the tiny infrared-enabled cameras.
The cameras broadcast the sights and sounds of the nests to a live audience and feature a "snapshot" feature that allows viewers to take pictures and log behaviors, activities that may be beneficial to scientists.
While researchers know a lot about the birds, there’s still much to learn about the nocturnal behavior of long-eared owls. The animal is seldom seen and its population is in decline.
"No one has ever witnessed a long-eared owl over a period of time like this, let alone with the sights and sounds in such an intimate way," Denver Holt, founder and president of the ORI, told explore.org.
Through the use of live cameras, researchers hope to learn more about the owls' nesting behavior, parental duties, chick rearing and communication patterns.
Viewers will be able to observe the owls' bi-parenting behavior, where the female owls incubate the eggs and care for the chicks while the males provide food and protection.
In addition to the live feeds, viewers will also be able to participate in live question-and-answer broadcasts with Holt and his team.
Check out the photos people have snapped of the owls so far.
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