Indianapolis, In. — The barn owl pair on a DNR nest cam in southern Indiana is raising a second brood of chicks unusually late into the nesting season.The existence of a bonus round of chicks in 2017 is good news for barn owls because they are an endangered species in Indiana. In 2015, only 10 barn owl nests were reported statewide.The mother owl laid this second clutch of eggs in late September, which is just within the standard barn owl breeding season from March to October. But this year was the first time this pair laid eggs that late while on the nest cam.Five chicks hatched from the second clutch.On Dec. 5, DNR nongame bird biologists inspected the chicks while placing identification bands on their legs.Three chicks were healthy, whereas two were much smaller. The healthy chicks will likely survive until fledging. The average number of chicks fledged per nest is two to three, so having three survive is normal, according to Allisyn Gillet, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife nongame bird biologist.“The survival of the chicks will depend on food availability over the next few weeks,” Gillet said. “There must be enough prey to feed both adults and chicks in order to have a successful second nest.”This pair successfully raised and fledged six chicks in late spring.A barn owl pair has been living in this DNR-built nest box inside a metal pole barn in southern Indiana almost every year for the last eight years.Barn owls were once common in the Midwest, living in hollow trees and wooden barns, and hunting for meadow voles in hayfields, idle grain fields, pastures and other grasslands. But many wooden barns are being torn down, and few modern farms offer the land a barn owl needs for hunting.The goal of the webcam is to promote public interest in birds and raise awareness about efforts to support barn owls.DNR’s Wildlife Diversity Program has been placing nest boxes for barn owls since 1984. The nest boxes, like the one the webcam owls use, give owls a safe place to raise their young. More information is here.The barn owl webcam can be viewed anytime with an unlimited number of viewers here.The barn owl is one of more than 750 animal species, including many rare and endangered animals, supported by the DNR’s Wildlife Diversity Program. WDP depends on donations to the DNR Nongame Fund. You can donate here.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is vying for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) U.S. Senate seat, held a roundtable discussion with students from USC and several other California universities Wednesday, stressing her dedication to creating jobs and lowering the federal deficit. The event was also met with a small protest from members of USC College Democrats.Campaign · Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina spoke to students Wednesday in Doheny Library. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan Fiorina, who is running against former California Congressman Tom Campbell and California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the Republican primary, recently launched 17 campaign coalitions, including Students for Carly, the group that sponsored Wednesday’s event.At the roundtable, Fiorina criticized Sen. Boxer’s record, calling her a “uniquely failed senator” and emphasized the high unemployment rate in California.“What’s going on in California demonstrates that we can kill the American Dream,” she said.California, Fiorina said, used to be a place for innovation, but it is now plagued by unemployment and a large deficit.Though Fiorina lacks political experience, she argued that her background prepares her for Washington the same as a background in politics.“Our founding fathers intended this to be a citizen government,” Fiorina said. “I am a citizen who understands how jobs are created.”Fiorina said she would focus on allowing small businesses to grow.“I come from a very different point of view than Barbara Boxer or President Obama,” she said. “I think they believe that government is the answer. I don’t think it is. The way you create jobs is not through government. The way you create jobs is to make it easier for those people who actually create the jobs — innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses.”She also voiced her support for strict limits on federal spending, saying she would move to force government agencies to reduce spending by 5 percent.Addressing health care reform, Fiorina only said that there are many other issues to be discussed before such a sweeping reform bill should be considered.Fiorina said she has focused on the employment issue because of the impact it could have on young voters.“Young people are very influential, but also a lot of the problems we’re trying to solve are going to impact young people the most if we don’t solve them,” she said.Students at the event responded well to Fiorina’s points.“It was thought-provoking,” said Rob McCarty, a sophomore majoring in business administration who said he has not decided whom he is voting for yet. “I especially liked her firm stance with the Wall Street banks, even though it may not be as copacetic with other conservatives. I felt that she has the ambition, she has the charisma to be able to bring about some sort of change.”Dylan Steinman, a sophomore majoring in economics and political science who describes himself as a swing voter, said he is now planning to vote for Fiorina.“I really am confident in her,” he said. “I think that she’s pretty bipartisan. I think that she’s really trying to get something done and that she won’t necessarily just vote along party lines.”Alexa Ekman and Lauren Korbatov, co-chairs of the newly founded USC Students for Carly, said they were excited by the turnout and the response from students.“So far the excitement has been really overwhelming because students see how the economic issues are going to affect them,” Korbatov said.Ekman said the group will continue to recruit members and “to shine a light on exactly what she said today and Barbara Boxer’s failed record and inefficiency, just to prove to Californians and students that we need a new candidate in D.C.”Students on the other side of the aisle are less sold on Fiorina’s promises, however.“She’s a failed CEO who was fired at HP for being mean and incompetent,” said Bob Mulholland, senior adviser to the California Democratic Party, who helped USC College Democrats organize the protest. “Now she’s acting as if she’s God’s gift to California.”Though the protest only attracted six people, Micah Scheindlin, a junior majoring in American studies and the political director for USC College Democrats, said he was pleased with the result, given that they had little notice of the event. He said the group wanted to provide an opposing view point in light of Fiorina’s appearance.“Carly Fiorina is not a good candidate for California — that’s how we feel, that’s how the state party feels, and we wanted to make our voices heard,” he said.
In BerbicePolice in Berbice are on the hunt for a labourer who is believed to have poisoned the children of his girlfriend.The children have been admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital and are being treated. A hospital source told Guyana Times that the children are being treated. According to the source Thursday night, while the condition of the children was considered stable, it has not been determined what chemical was ingested and in what quantity.“Sometimes, it could be something that would take effect until tomorrow or the next day…,” the hospital source commented.According to reports, the children were at home at Lot 36 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam in the care of a relative when a man who is known by the family of their mother visited. He allegedly gave them a beverage, in a bottle, which is now believed to have been laced with poison.It was after he left that the children complained of feeling unwell and began frothing at the mouth.They were rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital and the matter was reported to the Police.This publication understands that the couple had an argument prior to them leaving their Angoy’s Avenue home.B Division (Berbice) Commander Ian Amsterdam confirmed that the incident was being investigated.Efforts to contact the children’s mother Thursday night proved futile. However, Guyana Times understands that the children were with their grandmother when the man visited.The woman refused to provide this publication with details. (Andrew Carmichael)
CCTV has taken on a ‘monstrous persona’ in the case of a Ballybofey man charged with public order offences.Daniel Merritt (30), of 11 Barnes Court, Ballybofey, is charged with threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and of being intoxicated in a public place at Chestnut Road, Ballybofey, on January 7, 2017. A witness in the case was out of the county when it was before Letterkenny District Court.The court heard that CCTV in the case had ‘gone missing’.“Gardai seem to be of the view that the system had been changed, but now we’re told that the footage was viewed,” Solicitor for Merritt, Mr Frank Dorrian said.“CCTV has taken on a monstrous persona.“Mr Merritt is now left at see. If we are to proceed and he is convicted, how can he get a fair shake.“There is an obligation to seek out any relevant evidence.“There has been a signal failure or a reluctance on the part of the state to pick up the CCTV. That CCTV will prove his innocence and he knows whats on it.”Mr Dorrian said there were ‘dozens of civilians’ present at the time of the alleged incident and said: “If Gardai felt compromised, there was nothing to stop them from identifying other people who were the source of the complaint.“Mr Merritt says he has been wrongly accused.“The basis of the search was also dubious. Sometime tried to film and a phone was taken from the person on the basis that they weren’t allowed to film. That footage was on YouTube for a while and now we have different reasons that the CCTV is not available.”Footage from the cameras concerned was gone when the technician attempted to download it.There were also differing accounts on when Merritt, through Mr Dorrian’s office, had first sought the CCTV.Merritt was remanded on continuing bail to appear at Letterkenny District Court this Friday, September 15.CCTV takes on ‘monstrous persona’ and leaves accused ‘all at sea’ was last modified: September 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel MerrittJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Court