Nesting Owls Becoming YouTube Stars on Webcam

Nevada  – -(Ammoland.com)- A trio of great horned owls have become international celebrities after a livestream camera observing their nests went viral.

The three owls, two females and one male, were spotted by employees at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno nesting on the second story ledge of one of their buildings. Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist David Catalano checked on the nest to make sure there were no problems.

“To have these two female owls lay eggs less than a foot from each other, in the rocks of a ledge 30 feet above the ground, right against the window of an office is very unique,” said Catalano.

NDOW and DRI partnered to install a livestream video camera that went live this week. Since going live the owls have been viewed by people from all over the United States and even New Zealand and Great Britain.

“We knew this live feed would get some attention, but I don’t think anyone thought it would blow up like this,” said Aaron Keller, NDOW outdoor education coordinator. “It just goes to show you how passionate people are about wildlife.

DRI and NDOW set up this livestream as a way for the public to observe these amazing birds without disturbing the nest. The owl livestream camera be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOuiNxtECzA .

Nevada Department of Wildlife

You can also check out other videos on the NDOW YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/NVDeptofWildlife.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, conserves, manages and restores wildlife and its habitat for the aesthetic, scientific, educational, recreational, and economic benefits to citizens of Nevada and the United States, and to promote the safety of persons using vessels on the waters of Nevada. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at www.ndow.org.

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William T Dellinger
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William T Dellinger

Why DARK all time? Did the ‘baby’ fly away or did the streaming stop??

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

As we saw if you were keeping up with videos,the lil owlet couldn’t stand being alone & flew down to join the whole familyFinally the fledge, they shut down the cam & gave a last info text.We thank them for all the laughter, scares & for all the unusual activity of the first known to biologists female OWLS to brood, feed & raise the chicks communally,first ever this is now in the books & we were privy to their lives for monthsWe will probably never see this the way we did in our lives again, pretty awesome huh.Nice to see… Read more »

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

APRIL 29th
BABY looks kinda lonely right now, he seems to be looking down at his his sibling or maybe Mom

William T Dellinger
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William T Dellinger

Has the camera/streaming been turned off? Did the ‘baby’ “fly away?”

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

If you look up in the left window, you can see the older owlet on the side walk via reflection!!! If your lucky, you might catch him/her sitting, running or just hanging outIf you haven’t seen the video by Nevada NDOW it shows the eldest in the grass & his lil nesting spot, he is huge & getting the beautiful fluffy flight feathers

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

WHY AREN’T MY COMMENTS BEING POSTED?

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

I just spoke with Nevada wildlife in Reno and they are aware of the baby owl falling off the ledge there are people observing them and one of the moms is with him so everything’s looking cool unfortunately we can’t see down there but just know that there are people observing them and everybody’s good Leslie

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

Watched YouTube video from Mara. And it was yesterday the 23rd when one baby owlet was on the edge of the ledge and fell I’m sure he’s okay because he kind of floated down but one of The Mamas probably Sierra will be with him on the ground and feed him so not to worry everything should be okay. Haven’t seen any writings from d r i, on the baby , it would be nice if they could check on him and see if he’s okay but I’m sure Sierra will take care of him on the ground.

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

Watched YouTube video from Mara. And it was yesterday the 23rd when one baby owlet was on the edge of the ledge and fell I’m sure he’s okay because he kind of floated down but one of The Mamas probably Sierra will be with him on the ground and feed him so not to worry everything should be okay. Haven’t seen any writings from d r i, on the baby , it would be nice if they could check on him and see if he’s okay but I’m sure Sierra will take care of him on the ground.

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

If ya’ll don’ll know where to watch the overnight comings & goings I catch up on “MAIRZEDOTES” channel on youtube ! She is very good at pooling all the excitement that goes on “At the Ledge” so go there go watch all the cuteness

William T Dellinger
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William T Dellinger

Been away from computers for several days, what happened to “missing” baby owlet?????

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

4/24
By watching past video I believe Sienna & the other baby are nesting down the ledge out of site! That’s probably for the best, they were fighting every night, the male is a super provider so he will go to babies where ever they are❤

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

It’s April 7th and the wind is averaging 25-30mph. I was really freaking out cuz the Moms are being blown ever which away! Finally the babies are under their tails but still one is showing scary I hope the wind dies down cuz those babies could go flying off the ledge in this windIt’s supposed to snow Sunday-Monday that’s the good thing about two Moms babies won’t get cold with one Mom off the nest

Brenda
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Brenda

I have been in the wilderness without internet for a couple of weeks . . . what happened to the other female, her nest and eggs?

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

Mama Great horned owls are great, it appears that Sienna has decided not to sit on her eggs any longer and go over and sit with the chicks so they are both feeding them and the mail is super he is keeping up with feeding the whole family of four! At least there are two very healthy chicks!

Leslie Meadows
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Leslie Meadows

Are Sienna’s eggs still viable,since we don’t know when she laid the eggs, I’m waiting patiently but would love to know

William T Dellinger
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William T Dellinger

She has abandment them to try and co-raise the two chicks with her neighbor.

Tassy
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Tassy

Does anyone know where we can get mor info on how they are drinking, how long they have been nesting, how long the incubation period is, ?

Leslie meadows
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Leslie meadows

You can find out owl info on google Great Horned Owl, these owls are very unusual brooding females don’t normally sit, nest together much less sit on each others eggs & feed each others chicks. So if you add up gestation with copulation time that is how long they have been here.There is only one male which is not uncommon sometimes several males with one and so on. Have fun watching owls are awesome to watch nesting & chicks growing up & fledging

Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

I can’t wait until the snowflakes freak out when one of the owls brings a kitten or puppy for breakfast.

Leslie meadows
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Leslie meadows

That should be interesting but more likely to bring frog lizards squirrels birds rats,but that will be gnarly enough for them to puke ❤

Brenda
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Brenda

I am a night time person so it should be no surprise I checked on the Owls a couple of minutes ago. Did you know they stare in the windows at night? Stand up and stare in the windows at night? Maybe they miss all of you! 🙂