A high-definition camera has been trained on a family of adorable Arctic snowy owls, allowing for both researchers and the public to view them in real-time.
The camera went live several days ago and is allowing people to pay close attention to the nesting site of an Arctic snowy owl. As many as six snowy owl chicks are currently hanging out at the site, and they couldn’t be cuter.
The owls live in a burrow near Barrow, Alaska. Researcher Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana, has been studying Arctic snowy owls and their main prey, brow lemmings, for years. Having a live feed of the owls has allowed him to study more aspects of the owls’ lives.
“You’re not able to watch the birds 24/7, even with 24 hours of daylight,” he said by telephone from Barrow on Wednesday. “By having the camera, it just opens up another avenue and more periods of time we’re able to look and record.”
The live feed is part of explore.org, the media division of the Annenberg Foundation, which allows people to view feeds from cameras all over the world. All of the cameras are aimed at showcasing wild animals in their natural habitats, something that people normally couldn’t see on their own.
“These live cams are about more than providing an incredible view of bears or owls during an amazing part of their season,” Charles Annenberg Weingarten, explore.org founder and Annenberg Foundation vice president, said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.
“What we are doing is building out the zoos of the future, where animals run wild and people from everywhere can feel connected to the experience,” he said.