Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Videos, Sounds, and Nostalgia Galore

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This video discusses one of the Northern Spotted Owl's most controversial threats....Barred Owls; as well as loss of old growth forest and habitat.
Note: "Most Spotted Owls (90%) will be found in 200+ year old multi-layer forests 
and few in less than 100-year-old forests"

Each night from a "boombox" 10 minutes worth of hooting is played at each pre-determinned survey station in hopes of calling-in the owls. The types of calls used include the classic 4-note and series, as well as contact calls (high pitched "shreeek", and barking calls (similar to crow calls). In an upcoming post, we'll show you the mousing procedure that takes place once a Spotted or Sbarred Owl (Hybrid of spotted and Barred) is detected.

Click to hear a Series and 4-Note call of a Spotted Owl.
You  might be familiar with the explanation for a Barred Owl Call sounding like "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all". Some of the Spotted Owl's calls are similar to those of Barred Owls, but in general they tend to be shorter, higher pitch, and lack the gurgley throat sounds which are oh so prevalent among Barred Owl Calls.

Click to hear a Male Barred Owl 8-Note.






 The same moose(s) -Did they just say mooses?-
we worked with last summer in the Teton Wilderness. 
Scott, shown in the video, was the original University of Wyoming Grad Student to conduct the study which was then passed down to our boss for whom we worked.  Our field season focused on what the video mentioned as "lack of quality nutrients".  (See previous posts from last summer)
Now do you understand the excitement of finding poo??





Welp, this is a video of the Mexican Grey Wolf Reintroduction Program. The video is exactly the work we did.  Other duties included daily telemetry to triangulate wolf and den locations, aerial telemetry, scat collection and tracking.  This video is a reminder for us of how amazing our colleagues and day to day activities truly were! Going into the pens to capture, handle, and prep a wolf for a release was one of our favorite things to do....However the act of releasing the wolf into the wild was even better....



4 comments:

Brittney said...

Carrie--thanks for the note on my blog. I find it interesting that we both have GP and love to work with animals. You give me some hope that I'll be able to do what I want after I get my DVM. Right now I'm scared to death to travel because of the GP, but I got to get over that, right? :)

Ben and Carrie Cook (McAtee) said...

We will have to keep in touch...always a pleasure checking in on your updates and latest wacky animal stories!

Colleen said...

Hi Carrie,

This is Colleen from Sportsman's Paradise. I signed in here from my blog so the avatar is different. I love your blog and the great pictures. I don't get to travel much but I sure love the animals. I'm glad I have this way to keep up with your exciting adventures!

Ben and Carrie Cook (McAtee) said...

Collen,

Thanks for visiting :) I'm glad you enjoy the site and thanks for becoming a "follower" of it!

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