National Backyard Bird Feeder Celebrates the Birth of Owlets

Owl Cam Viewers Get a Hoot Out of Wild Birds Unlimited 2nd Annual Naming Contest

CARMEL, Ind. - May 13, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - They’re fluffy, white and oh, so adorable - and they need names! Who are they? A pair of rambunctious owlet siblings that were recently brought into the world.

“Now that the eggs are hatched, we’re able to observe behavior as the owlets grow and witness the owlets exploring before they fledge from the nest. We’re hoping our viewers will help name the owlets by voting in the naming contest.”

Earlier this year, Mom and Dad Barred Owl moved back into the nest box, which is equipped with a camera to give viewers a peep into the nocturnal lives of these mysterious creatures. A good nesting cavity is hard to come by, so a mother Barred Owl was quickly attracted to this box and nestled into the leaf litter in mid-March.

The mother owl laid and incubated two eggs for a period of four weeks. As of April 22, two healthy owlets with rounded heads, elusive brown eyes and white and brown coats were born. But before they spread their wings for the first time, they need names.

Through a joint effort between Wild Birds Unlimited - the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores - and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, bird enthusiasts are invited to participate in the second annual naming contest to help name the owls. Starting May 12 through midnight on May 18, 2015, viewers of the Barred Owl nest cam are encouraged to vote on names for the owlets. Last year’s winning names were Wynken, Blynken and Nod.

“The hatching of the owlets is the most anticipated event,” said Jim Carpenter, founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “Now that the eggs are hatched, we’re able to observe behavior as the owlets grow and witness the owlets exploring before they fledge from the nest. We’re hoping our viewers will help name the owlets by voting in the naming contest.”

Participants are encouraged to vote on the names that they believe reflect the owlets’ personalities. By visiting the official naming contest page at this link, viewers can help decide if these owl siblings look more like a Hoot and Fluff, an Ollie and Stan or another of the name combinations! In addition, one lucky voter will be randomly selected to win a Wild Birds Unlimited EcoClean Medium Seed Tube Feeder.

At approximately four to five weeks of age, the young owls will part from the nest and stay in the branches of the tree until they are six weeks of age and able to fly. The young owls will remain together throughout early summer, but in late summer, the parents will begin weaning them from feeding and the new owls will venture out on their own.

For more information on Wild Birds Unlimited, please visit www.wbu.com.

About Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 280 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Wild Birds Unlimited recently ranked No. 9 overall and No. 1 in the Retail category on Franchise Business Review’s prestigious 2014 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards Top 200 Franchises list. Visit our website and shop online at www.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

SOURCE Wild Birds Unlimited

Contact: 

Toni Lewin
Fishman Public Relations
847-945-1300 ext. 254
tlewin@fishmanpr.com

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