Screech Owl - PTZ
Welcome to the Eastern Screech Owl Research Project. The purpose of this project is to study the Eastern Screech Owl behavior during the winter roosting and spring nesting periods. The winter roosting period is typically between October to March, and the nesting period from March to June. During the fall of 2011 PixController discovered an Eastern Screech owl roosting in one of the nest boxes they had put up. They quickly installed a webcam into the box to watch the owl. On advice from local screech owl expert, Dick Byers, they installed several more owl boxes in the same area and started a study to monitor their behavior. Although screech owls are fairly common little is known about their behavior since they are nocturnal.
During the first year of monitoring the owl boxes there eas a red phase owl using the boxes which was named Hunter. In 2013 PixController expanded the study to include six owl boxes in a dry wetland area which was called: "study area 1". Study area 1 has owl boxes #1 to #6. Three further owl boxes were installed in an over grown farmland field which is called study area 2, owl boxes: #7, #8, and #9. In study area 1 there is also an external pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) which we can remotely control and view all five cameras for an outside view. Study area 1 and study area 2 are about 300 yards apart.
This project is fully funded by PixController Inc. and by donations from our viewers for educational purposes. If you would like to know more about the project or become involved for educational purposes please Contact PixController. They would love to hear from you!
A major part of the success of this project belongs to Dick Byers of Stahlstown, PA. Dick's intimate knowledge of the screech owls has helped attract the birds and keep them in the study area.