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.
Syracuse (15-9, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) fell 1-0 to the reigning ACC softball champion, No. 14 Florida State (24-6, 4-0), in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday evening.SU ace Alexa Romero took the circle against FSU ace Kylee Hanson. The two shared ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors in late February. Romero struck out eight batters, seven of which came in the first three innings.Romero also walked four, including FSU outfielder Korina Rosario to start the bottom of the sixth. A few batters later, outfielder Zoe Casas flew out to center field and Rosario, who was on third, scored the lone run of the game.Offensively, Syracuse struggled to generate hits. The Orange entered the game with four batters averaging over .300 at the plate, including Bryce Holmgren, who entered tops in the ACC with a batting average over .500. In the first game of the series against FSU, only one batter recorded any hits at all.Sammy Fernandez had two hits. One came in the top of the third when she singled to right field. Sophomore Toni Martin, who was on base after an error, moved to third. Fernandez stole second to put runners on second and third, but Alicia Hansen flew out to center field to retire the top of the inning.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree innings later, Fernandez recorded the only other hit the Orange had against the Seminoles. Like in the third inning, Fernandez got to second and Holmgren walked to put two runners on before the inning ended.Syracuse will face the Seminoles again Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Comments Published on March 23, 2018 at 8:38 pm Contact Kaci: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+