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NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2003
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu
 

LIVE OWL IMAGES AVAILABLE ON INTERNET

The California State University, Bakersfield Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has set up a webcam that is broadcasting real-time images of a Great Horned Owl and her chicks, which are nested outside the window of a science lab. The live images can be accessed online at http://www.csub.edu/NSME/camera.htx.

According to Marlene Benton, coordinator for the CSUB Facility for Animal Care and Treatment, it is a rare opportunity for individuals to be able to observe the nesting behavior of wild Great Horned Owls. She believes that anyone interested in birds, science or wildlife behavior may want to take advantage of this opportunity.

ėThis is something that children will really enjoy and educators can use in their classrooms,î Benton said. ėThe little ones are a lot of fun to watch. They scratch and stretch and make funny noises and theyíre just so awkward.î

For the third straight year, almost to the day, a female Great Horned Owl has returned to the same location outside the window of a science lab to lay and hatch her eggs. This year, she returned in mid-February and laid five eggs. The chicks began hatching on March 21 with the youngest one hatching around April 1.

The three surviving chicks will remain in the nest for about two to three more weeks. Then theyíll roost somewhere near the birth nest and the mother will continue to feed them for about three more months.

CSUB computer science student Nathan Miller helped set up the webcam.