With this project, we are attempting to estimate timing, frequency, and prey item diversity of parental food deliveries to breeding partners and young Flammulated Owl nest occupants. These birds are mostly feeding on insects and the project happens annually in northern Utah. The videos were recorded during the summer of 2020.
We hope to engage community scientist with online access to watch nightly delivery videos and take data from each video file by filling out an online survey. Data collected include time (24hr clock), temperature (Celsius), determination of an actual food delivery, food recipients (adult partner or nestlings), and types of food items that may or may not be visible during the recording (moths, grasshoppers, beetles, vertebrate prey, etc.).
Each participant who requested data access will be provided with rights to a cloud data folder containing all the videos captured during one night survey from a single Flammulated Owl nest. Each folder may contain between 100 and 300 videos that are mostly 10 seconds long. We hope that community scientist have a chance to finish one survey night in a period of 2 weeks (14 days) from the day they received access to the videos. We anticipate that it might take 2-4 hours to complete all the videos. Community scientist who want to continue with more data interpretation after covering a single survey night are more than welcome to ask for seconds or thirds etc.