Monday, March 15, 2010

Fascinating Live Webcam Gives Kids a Science & Educational Opportunity to Observe Barn Owls Hatching in Real Time

by Janis Brett Elspas

Owl Update as of March 17, 2010
The owl babies haven't hatched yet but you can listen to this new interesting live narration given to some young students this morning, St. Patrick's Day.  This footage includes questions from some San Diego area 4th graders that are answered by Carlos Royal, the knowledgable man who set up the owl box in his backyard and is monitoring all the activity that is airing on UStream 24/7.  The questions the kids ask are really good ones and Royal's answers will teach you and your kids a lot about owls.

Mommy Owl Molly and Daddy Owl McGee are looking forward to having 6 new children, that will likely begin arriving within the next few days between March 18 - 20.
If you or your kids have never seen a barn owl and its babies in their nest, you have to see this View LIVE ON WEBCAM RIGHT NOW .  Located in San Marcos, California you and your family can witness these beautiful creatures 24/7 up close in real time.  The picture with this post shows some barn owl youngsters similar to the ones that should be born within the next few weeks on the West Coast.

Today I stumbled upon another unusual, yet educational website that I want to share with families young and old.  My own kids (homeschooled 7th grade triplets and 9th grade big brother) and I are very excited about this and will be logging on often every day till all the owls hatch and are old enough to leave the nest on their own permanently.

This is an excellent opportunity for kids ranging from those who are very young, to older teens and even grownups to learn about science and ornithology by seeing nature at work.  You can even view them easily at night as the automatic camera recording this miracle of life has night vision lenses. 

Information on the site where you access the barn owl family's webcam's images explains that the male has a white chest and face and usually shows up after dark.  The female is always present ad I just saw her sitting on the six eggs that are incubating now and are expected to hatch in the next few days or weeks.  The male has a white chest and face and usually shows up after dark, but he has spent an entire day with the female. There are currently six eggs in the nest that are yet to be hatched.

Below are the dates when each egg was laid with its approximate hatch date as listed on the site as of the date/time this MommyBlogExpert blogpost went live.

Egg 1 2/13/10 12:15 PM Est. Hatch 3/14-17th
Egg 2 2/16/10 07:23 AM Est. Hatch 3/16-20th
Egg 3 2/18/10 09:13 AM Est. Hatch 3/18-22nd
Egg 4 2/20/10 11:07 AM Est. Hatch 3/20-24th
Egg 5 2/22/10 02:00 PM Est. Hatch 3/22-26th
Egg 6 2/25/10 09:35 AM Est. Hatch 3/25-29th

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1 comment:

  1. How cool! We'll have to check it out when my daughter gets home from school, she'll love it!

    Stopping by very late from VGNO!

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