If you're a regular to the Rusty and Iris live cam, you have probably "met" at least some of our chat room moderators. A few have opted to let you see the face behind the name so you can get to know them just a little bit.
Merle Russell, aka merlibird, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She spends a lot of time with her grandsons; she has four and loves them all very much. The rest of her time is spent watching Rusty and Iris, the world's most wonderful owls according to Merle! She admits to have a 'thing' for Rusty, but most of you all already knew that.
Maxi23 (Maxine Keene in real life) lives in metro Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She participates in various classes at the gym: power-flex, Pilates, yoga, Insanity and other cardio routines. She enjoys watching and learning about Rusty & Iris and their offspring. She has a great appreciation for the interconnectedness between animals, plants, and minerals.
The International Owl Center advances the survival of wild owl populations through education and research. We plan to accomplish our mission through biological and cultural programs and displays, green building design, citizen-science and other research, international exchange of information, the World Owl Hall of Fame, the International Festival of Owls, and other means.