Barred Owls Nesting In Tulsa Get Attention From Cornell Researchers


Friday, April 22nd 2016, 11:45 am
By: News On 6


A pair of barred owls nesting in a midtown neighborhood is getting national attention.

Jennifer Harmon, president of the Sonoma Midtown Neighborhood Association, and her husband used a tiny camera to set up a live stream of the owls nesting in a tree in their front yard.

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Harmon calls the adult owls Owlbert and Sofie. The stream revealed the pair has three chicks, which Harmon calls Sunny, Kool, & Tino thanks to suggestions from Facebook followers.

Harmon and her husband recorded video of both owls taking care of the chicks. Researchers at Cornell University say that's very unusual, so rare that there aren't any documented cases of male Barred Owls sharing that part of parenting.

The researchers requested the video and Harmon said she obliged.

Watch the stream here

Harmon said a team of six moderators from all over world is moderating the stream, answering questions from viewers, explaining activity occurring in the nest as it happens, recording activity in spreadsheets for research as well as recording video clips. 

The owls have their own Facebook page, called Barred Owls of Midtown Tulsa or BOOMT for short.

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