CARMEL, IN - 04/21/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET)
Sleepless nights are common for new parents, but it’s the sleepless days for the new parents on the Wild Birds Unlimited Owl Nest Cam that will be so fun to watch. In a partnership with the Cornel Lab of Ornithology, the live streaming video can be seen on AllAboutBirds.org, wbu.com and the Wild Birds Unlimited Facebook page.
This year, Mama Owl laid three eggs, the first on March 5. The first egg hatched on April 7, the second April 9 and the third chick was spotted on April 10th. Through the live streaming video, viewers can observe how quickly these babies mature, family interaction, mealtimes as well as witness the owlets exploring before they fledge from the nest.
“From the time the eggs are laid to when the youngsters leave the nest, every day is a thrill,” said Jim Carpenter, founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “We spend a lot of time watching them, and even though I know it’s just a part of nature, it’s hard to see them go when they move out.”
Since 2010, Carpenter has hosted the camera-equipped owl box in his wooded backyard in central Indiana. Set more than 30 feet high against the trunk of a pignut hickory tree, the box has been home to a series of occupants, including squirrels and raccoons.
“It’s not just for bird and nature enthusiasts,” added Carpenter. “It’s enjoyable for families, and it’s a fun education tool for teachers to use in their classrooms.”
The young owls will leave the nest after four to five weeks and remain in the branches of the nest tree until they are able to fly at around 10 weeks. Siblings will stay together throughout the summer and are fed by their parents. Finally, the young will strike out on their own in late summer when the adults slowly wean them from feedings.
ABOUT WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED
Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 280 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Wild Birds Unlimited recently ranked No. 8 overall and No. 1 in the Retail category on Franchise Business Review’s prestigious 2016 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards Top 200 Franchises list. Visit our website and shop online at www.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.
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