Meet Rusty and Iris, two Great Horned Owls who can't live in the wild but are capable of breeding in captivity to help us learn more about the vocalizations of their species. Rusty was hit by a car and is missing his right eye, and Iris's right eye was punctured, leaving her blind in her right eye also. They are still wild owls and need their privacy to breed, so they are housed on private property in rural Houston, MN. This video stream allows you to share their lives from anywhere in the world, and we ask you to help with our research by sharing your observations.
Please note that Rusty and Iris will be allowed to lay eggs but not to raise young in 2016 while we work on analyzing and publishing our data. Their eggs have been replaced with fake eggs and we will allow Iris to sit until she abandons the eggs. We are tracking her absences from the nest as well as how many days she sits beyond the normal incubation period.
Learn more about the background of this project and Great Horned Owls or make a tax-deductible contribution to the International Owl Center to support their work making the world a better place for owls through education and research.