About five years ago, Cathy Howell, staff attorney for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, decided she needed a new project. This nature enthusiast and amateur woodworker wanted to get her hands dirty—and do something to benefit nature.
“I read an article in the Austin American-Statesman about Cliff & Julie Shackelford, who are well known in Texas conservation circles, and the owl boxes they were building,” Cathy said. “That got me curious and I decided to build my own.”
Just six months later, the first screech owl visited Cathy’s owl box; not long after, she was delighted to discover a little surprise—owlets! Once the owls, dubbed Hoot and Annie, began to tend to their family, Cathy became increasingly curious about the inner-workings of the Eastern screech owl household (who isn’t?). So in 2009 she installed a camera.
Since then, Hoot and Annie have been perennial residents of the backyard box. Over the years, the duo has nurtured 21 babies, and thousands of viewers have watched those owlets mature and fledge.
Take a peek at this little family and their newest addition, Alpha—we have a feeling you won’t be able to let them go. View the owl cam above, and click here to learn more information about Hoot and Annie.
photo: Eastern screech owl © Baker County Tourism