Arctic snowy owls are the featured performers for a new webcam near Barrow, Alaska.
Science Recorder | Delila James | Friday, July 04, 2014
A high-definition camera trained on the nesting site of two Arctic snowy owls and their six chicks went live this week, giving scientists and bird enthusiasts an unprecedented look into the daily lives of these magnificent birds. The burrow is located on the coast of the Arctic Ocean near Barrow, Alaska.
“You’re not able to watch the birds 24/7, even with 24 hours of daylight,” researcher Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana, told The Associated Press (AP). “By having the camera, it just opens up another avenue and more periods of time we’re able to look and record.” Holt is in the 23rd year of a longterm study of the owls and their primary prey, brown lemmings.
The media division of the Annenberg Foundation provides the new webcam as the latest addition to explore.org’s Pearls of the Planet, which sponsors a variety of live wildlife cams