Watch Hoot & Annie On This Live Owl Cam

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.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

A big THANK YOU to Cathy Howell for giving them a safe haven! You have your own entertainment center!

Kelly M.
Kelly R.2 years ago

I love owls! Shared on Facebook

Dale O.

I can hear them 'talking,' so delightful! There is also some grooming going on.

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.2 years ago

Beautiful creatures! Thanks for sharing.

Betsy Bee
Fiona Ogilvie2 years ago

Great, great, great. This is one lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

Dale O.

I love to come back and watch the owls, these are such fascinating and amazing birds. There are many in the wild nearby that are wonderful to observe as well.

Judy T.
Judy T.2 years ago

Hahaha! Those head turns are so funny. :) It's like their heads are independent from their bodies when they first look up and then turn their heads all the way to the back, or when they do a 180 degree from one side to the other! Amazing, isn't it!? I could have sworn my mom was part owl, as she had such good aim when she'd throw her shoe at my siblings and me with amazing accuracy even if she had her back toward us. :)

Judy T.
Judy T.2 years ago

Oh, my Gosh! I could watch these cute, little guys all day. :) They're adorable! ... Just look at those beautiful eyes. :)

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Robert O.
Robert O.2 years ago

Really cool. I could watch all night but unfortunately I have a bunch of things to do before bedtime. Thanks for this!