Saturday, May 29, 2010

Call for pictures and video of branching owlets

On behalf of the Barn Owl Alliance, I would appreciate any information you have on sites with owl box designs or discussions of branching behavior, and most of all, pictures or video of branching owlets - better yet, video or pictures we can USE for our material as we go forth to try to change the way owl boxes are done in the United States, and educate those involved with owl boxes.

IF YOU HAVE BRANCHING OWLETS IN YOUR VICINITY, PLEASE VIDEOTAPE THEM IN THE ACT OF BRANCHING, LEARNING TO FLY, or PHOTOGRAPH THEM! An occasional flash is probably not going to hurt anything, by the way. If you're willing to let us use your footage, we will be eternally grateful, as will the possible millions of owlets who live because of the education and changes these videos can help bring about! We will credit each video and picture with your name, of course.

We are working on our nonprofit status, and once those papers are filed, we can grant you a tax deductible receipt for your "gift in kind". I'm working on this w/ my lawyer currently. In fact, I'm living in his house. (My close friend is his wife, Cait, and I spend part of each year living on their 3rd floor at 9,000 ft (the Rockies, not the 3rd floor by itself) in the Eastern Rockies, up among the trees. What a difference from the noise and light pollution of Huntington Beach!).

We would want you to be willing to license us to use the video and photos, of course.

If you can't do that, and few people do have active branching owlets near them, could you let us know about any links to sites that do have this kind of material on them? We will add those links to the "links" section of our Barn Owl Alliance website, once it's up and running.

THANK YOU! The baby owls who end up having a branching system upon which to branch and learn to fly, rather than plummeting to the ground and dying there, will be grateful, without knowing it, of course. WE will be grateful on their behalf!

Thank you all for caring,

PS: I think even pictures of other species of owl branching can be included, since almost all species of owls do the same exact thing as Barn Owls - they move out onto branches and THEN learn to fly. In fact, Great Horned and Screech Owls and Saw Whet Owls, among others, move out onto branches when they're still balls of fluff.


darien said...

that's the link to the ones for Ontario--sadly, we only have 4 barn owl pairs in the last survey. But, I'm quite certain that any of the information that the alliance gets will help us too.

Charlotte said...

I'm itching to get back to town for this very reason!! Now that our photographer friend, John, revealed some of the minimally invasive tricks of nighttime photograpy last week, I plan to get back there next week with the right tools and a video cam. These owlets are probably all flying now but they do spend TONS of time on "their" old live oak, begging throughout the night. If we can catch them early out of their hole in the tree up high, they must do some good stretching and flapping. I am imagining that mom and dad may have another clutch to follow this one and we WILL be sure to get tuned in early for that show..

Stacey O'Brien said...

Oh Charlotte, I sure hope you can do this before it's too late! What a boon it would be to have those pictures!

I also got some pics of baby great horned owls branching from a guy I met at a Scottish singing session in Boulder! As I walked up the driveway, I noticed a beautiful bird in his tree and mentioned it. I'd never even met him before. He then said, "Oh you should see my pictures of some branching Great Horned Owl babies I took". He is emailing them to me. What a great "coincidence"!

Anonymous said...

I have some photos of branching great horned owls (as well as lots of photos of branching Cooper's hawks, but those probably wouldn't be useful to you.) Let me go back and look through my photos - I took shots of one of the older owlet's early branching attemps.

W. said...

I thing this video is quite instructive. It's not so much about branching itself, but what happens if a adolescent owl happens to fall, but can climb up the tree again.