We work with some of the coolest people here at The Nature Conservancy. Our staff attorney, Cathy Howell, built an “owl box” in her own backyard—complete with a web cam inside! Its resident birds, Eastern screech owls Hoot and Annie, have already produced three eggs this year.
Cathy has worked for the Conservancy for 14 years. While she practices law for a living, in her spare time she enjoys amateur woodworking and exploring the great outdoors.
About five years ago, Cathy read an article about owl boxes that intrigued her so much it inspired her to build one herself. Just a couple of hours after beginning her project, she’d constructed her very own.
The first screech owl visited Cathy’s box only six months after it had been built. Not long after that, Cathy heard a peeping noise coming from inside the box; chicks had hatched inside! Curious about what was going on in there, Cathy installed a camera in 2009.
In the time she’s had the owl box, Cathy has watched Hoot and Annie lay and hatch 21 eggs. She’s also built seven other owl boxes, for her siblings and her mother (she says they make great Christmas gifts!).
So sit back, relax, and watch as Hoot and Annie prepare to welcome their new chicks to the world.