Rusty and Iris Questions
-How can we better prevent cats, raccoons, and squirrels from bothering Rusty and Iris?
-How can we prevent owls from being poisoned by rodenticides when the USDA says they need to be legal to control rats and mice and the diseases they spread, and the manufacturers have lots of money to tie up any restrictions in the courts for years? (Grade 4)
-In what ways are Rusty and Iris different? In what ways are they the same?
-How much food is needed for each owl per year (in gophers, mice and rabbits, by percentage)?
-If gophers stop digging at the end of October and don't start digging until April 1, how many gophers, mice, rats and rabbits are needed to be stockpiled for the winter?
-How much does it cost to feed the owls per year?
-How much does it cost for the internet stream per year?
-If Ustream pays half of the ad revenue to the cam host if the viewership is over 1,000, and the ad revenue is $x/viewer hour, how much money would the Houston Nature Center earn if there were 5,645 viewer hours in March?
-If someone makes a $100 donation using PayPal, and PayPal takes x%, how much actually goes to the project? What if the person is from another country and PayPal takes a currency conversion fee also?
-If you were given $5,000 and these cameras to choose from (PTZ, fixed, field of view noted), which cameras would you get and where would you put them?
-If Alice's egg weighs 58g, and after Hein blows out the insides the shell weighs 12g, how much did the egg yolk and white weigh?
-Which vocalizations are made by which owl? In what context?
-Can you tell the owls apart by their territorial hoots?
-What affects how often the owls hoot? Month of the year? Moon phase? Rain or snow? Wind? Breeding cycle?
-Look for potential nests in your area (school property, town, park, etc.)
-Look for owl roosts—see if you can find owl pellets, poop, or feathers
-Try to call in wild owls (do NOT do this on a regular basis in the same area or during nesting season, as it tricks the owls into thinking there is an intruder in their territory)
-Put up artificial Great Horned Owl nest structures (laundry basket or other design...look on the internet to see what they can use). Get a local business with a boom truck to install them.
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.