Hannah DePorter, UW Urban Wildlife student (in the course Sustainability from a non-human perspective taught by Trish O’Kane), is conducting the newest animal research project in the Preserve. Over the past few months she has regularly monitored the Great Horned Owls at Willow Creek and their recently hatched owlets. The newly installed birdcam (a wildlife motion triggered camera specialized for small birds and mammals), funded by the Friends of the Preserve, will make it possible to continue her research on the owls’ roosting activities.
Paul Noeldner, Lakeshore Nature Preserve Citizen Science and student research facilitator, and member of the Friends, wrote the proposal to obtain the necessary Preserve permit to install the self-contained battery operated camera. Hannah identified the owls favorite roost site on a limb of a large cottonwood tree near the Willow Creek outlet. On Monday, June 1, Sean Gere of Gere Tree Care, volunteered his services as a professional arborist and trainer, to install the new birdcam for observing the behavior of the owlets. He will also help with maintenance.
Adam Gundlach of the Preserve was at hand when the Sean Gere climbed the very high tree and strapped the camera to a branch identified by Hannah. All photographs of this exciting process are by John Kutzbach. The birdcam photos and project information will also be used to promote public and institutional support for Great Horned Owls and other native birds and wildlife on UW Campus and other urban settings. A great thank you to all involved, and we are looking forward to Hannah’s report on this study.
7/1/2015 03:42:53 am
Update on the Willow Creek Owl Cam! Sean Gere and team successfully retrieved the Owl Cam from the large Willow limb hanging over University Bay by the mouth of Willow Creek on Monday June 30. Hannah DePorter and Paul Noeldner reviewed the pictures and were delighted to find that it captured pictures and video clips of some small bird activity including a Redwing, Downy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch and what appears to be a Wood Thrush - but no Owls! It turns out the Birdcam was pointing a bit to the side and was picking up activity on a small limb but not the main branch where the Great Horned Owl owlets like to roost. These things can be tricky and it has been a wonderful learning experience. We may put it back up for a while since the Great Horned Owls are still in the area and one flew out from near the roost when we took down the Birdcam. Stay posted for updates!
12/2/2022 05:20:34 am
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