High-Definition Camera to Provide Unfettered View into Arctic Snowy Owl’s Nesting Den
This week, a high-definition camera trained on a nesting site, where six chicks of an Arctic snowy owl are beginning to emerge from a burrow near Barrow, Alaska, on the coast of the Arctic Ocean, went live.
The camera is providing researchers and bird viewers an unprecedented view into the den. Researcher Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana, said on a telephonic interview that no one gets an opportunity to watch the birds 24/7 even if 24 hours of daylight is provided.
The camera is the latest addition in the Pearls of the Planet offerings of explore.org, the media division of the Annenberg Foundation. The foundation provides live feed from camera directed on wildlife present across the globe.
One more popular camera feed on explore.org went live this week. It will feature brown bears at Katmai National Park and Preserve. "These live cams are about more than providing an incredible view of bears or owls during an amazing part of their season", said Charles Annenberg Weingarten, explore.org founder and Annenberg Foundation vice president.
Weingarten stated they are trying to build the zoos of the future. Such place would see animals running and living freely and people will also be part of the experience.
The camera directed on the snowy owl is providing unique information like how many times a male brings food to female. It also allows observing the eating habits of both parents and how often the female sleeps. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a partner in the snowy owl project.
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