Wrapping up this research season

We are finishing up our research projects for this semester. One group is working on behavioral patterns of the Great Horned owl, while the other group is working on analyzing the bird survey.

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Chick update

We have been collecting data on the owl nest the past couple of weeks. The owl seemed to have two chicks three weeks ago, but now there is only one chick. This chick seems to be growing rapidly and looks really healthy. One thing we have noticed is that when the female gets spooked from... Continue Reading →

Aquatic Ecology Research- Part II

Here are some of our latest project photos. The photo of me standing in the lake bed with the long white pole was taken when we were surveying the depth at one of the locations for our cribs. Then we carried them to the sites with the skid steer and set them. Last Friday we... Continue Reading →

Owl Chicks and last couple of weeks

We were finally able to see at least two great horned chicks on 22 March 2013. They are probably a couple of weeks old , but because of the height of the nest, they are within our sight range as they look over the nest. We were able to get a couple of pictures. However,... Continue Reading →

Aquatic Ecology Research- Part I

This this part 1 of a series of posts that will document a specific student's research project. B. Hinson, a student at MCC, is in the initial stages of building a lake at the Dale Earnhardt Leadership Campus at Oak Springs. He will be conducting aquatic ecological research. This research will include establishing several types... Continue Reading →

Chorus Frogs 2.0

Last spring, two students completed a mini-research project on upland chorus frogs. The results from that project can be seen here and here. Last week, conditions were right to perform another quick experiment dealing with these frogs in one of the same pools. We measured how close to the pool of water we could get... Continue Reading →

Too Much Disturbance

It is too early to know for sure, but there is a good chance that the great horned owl pair may soon abandon the nest that they have used for the past four years. What is most troubling is the fact that there are already eggs (maybe chicks) in the nest. We were hopeful for... Continue Reading →

Let the mobbing season begin

The female great-horned is back on her nest as of 31 January, which means that we will soon be hearing the "barking" of angry crows. Read hear for a description as to why birds mob. by Golsch Mobbing is a common occurrence for many species of birds that can be initiated for different reasons. Protecting... Continue Reading →

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