If you live in New York City or are planning on visiting, you may want to check out Birding Bob who offers bird watching tours of Central Park. Central Park has a range of different birds from sparrows to ducks and you may even spot an owl or a hawk along the way.
What could be better than getting a bit of fresh air, in a park and learn something or see something new?
He’s never gonna stop talking about this. The kākāpō, a flightless, nocturnal parrot, has been named New Zealand’s Bird of the Year in its annual online competition. It’s the first bird in the contest’s 15-year history to win twice, beloved as the heaviest and longest-lived parrot species on Earth. The competition was marred by vote rigging in favor of the little spotted kiwi, but authorities spotted the fraud and disqualified the suspect votes. While the win doesn’t carry a cash prize, it’s hoped it will raise awareness and affection for the critically endangered bright green birds.
Nest with North America's largest species of owl! This live camera in Montana's Mission Valley is mounted opposite a hollowed tree snag where a great gray owl raises her chicks. It's believed the owl mom and her mate have nested here for the past three years.
This densely forested area borders a mostly open field, ideal for Great Gray Owls to hunt their prey. The forest has small creeks running through it and is a major wildlife corridor for the Mission Mountains with deer, birds, and even Grizzly bears traveling through this area.
This snag nest, though much smaller than the Western Montana Nest Cam, is not atypical for Great Grays. She fits like a glove.
We've named this location "Jim's Place" as tribute to the live cam host who unexpectedly passed away during the camera's install.
For more than 25 years, the Owl Research Institute (ORI) has been dedicated to scientific research of owls — their ecology, natural history, and habitat relationships.
Because owls are chronically under-researched and poorly understood, we strive to provide high-quality, long-term studies of owls, and use our findings to promote conservation.
The Owl Research Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization, and primarily funded by grants from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
Q & A
Where is the owl's nest? Great Gray Owls often lay their eggs in a broken tree top called a "snag." Other common locations for egg laying include man-made structures or the abandon nests of other large birds such as ravens or raptors.
Great Grays will almost always choose their nest site in an area adjacent to a clearing in a forest or another open area, such as a meadow or field.
How many eggs do Great Grays lay? The clutch usually consists of 2 to 5 eggs. Each egg is about 2 inches in length and will be incubated anywhere from 28 to 36 days before hatching.
When and how do Great Grays hunt? Like most owls, Great Grays are most active between dusk to dawn. Their excellent hearing is their most resourceful tool used in hunting. Great Grays have asymmetrical ear canals which allows them to triangulate the location of their prey. The owl will silently glide above the forest floor, listening for rodents such as mice and voles below, and then swoop down and snatch the rodent with their sharp talons.
Do Great Gray Owls migrate? Great Grays do move around to different hunting areas throughout the year; however, their movement isn't viewed as migrational, but instead is viewed as "nomadic." They change locations due to their supply of food, not due to the seasons like most other birds. If a habitat is able to sustain them with a constant food supply, then Great Grays will stay in that area. If their hunting has depleted the supply of rodents, then the owl will move on to find a new hunting area.
Are Great Gray Owls endangered? In some areas, mainly near human populations, Great Grays are endangered. Loss of habitat due to logging is one of the greatest threats the species. When forested areas are clear cut, the availability of snags for nesting is greatly diminished.
Check out this great site that captures all sorts of wonderful, nature live cam videos. There are bears, birds, dogs, sea lions, pandas and many more! My new favorite site.
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There are live camera feeds and archives. Live cams all over the world set up in some of the most remote wildlife environments. Pandas in CHINA. Brown bears in ALASKA. Assorted animals in KENYA. And on and on and on. Now at any moment, there may not be an animal on the live cam, so they offer deep archives
Here is a Bear live cam with Explore.org from their youtube page: