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Who's Whoo-ing: Study Suburban Owls

Main Project Information
Goal No Goal was listed but it’s probably amazing
Task No Task was listed but it’s probably doable
Where anywhere Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield Counties New York

We know that owls live in nature preserves, but do they live in residential areas (like your backyard) in-between? Join researchers from the Mianus River Gorge Preserve (Bedford, N.Y.), in a study to map owl habitat in our suburban environment.

We are enlisting residents from New York's Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield Counties as “citizen scientists” to collect data on screech and barred owls in their backyard using “call playback surveys.” This data will be used to find out where these owls live, if they co-occur, and what habitats and areas they tend to live in or avoid.

How to Join

1) First, sign up by emailing MRGP:

2) After registering, download owl calls.

3) Residents conduct one survey in their own backyard once a week, alternating species each week. Ideally, we want 6 nights for screechies, 6 nights for barreds.

4) Surveys consist of playing a CD
of each owl species’ unique call for 10 minutes(at night). After you call for an owl species, you either record that you heard or did not hear an owl and submit your address online. Your address will help us determine the type of habitat in which the owls live.

5)Only one owl species per night!

Required Gear

CD player, car stereo, or boombox

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Project Updated 05/23/2018