GOING HIGH TECH WITH A NEW TOOTER- BRINGS IN THE OWLS!
I'll admit we are a pretty low-tech program, except for the Steve King inventions and modifications. Once again he pulls through with a beneficial addition to our station, this time, a louder broadcast caller to attract owls. Previously our "sound system" was boombox like this, using a CD of NSWO calls.
For the past 9 years of data collection, our broadcaster.
But now with the Mega Tooter, we can up our decibels and perhaps attract more owls to our station, using and Ipod with owl calls and a rechargeable battery.
The Mega Tooter, designed by Steve King
This follows the Project OWLNET protocol better than we have in the past and increasing the volume was a suggestion by an OWLNET co-founder. So is this what is making our now 16 owl season a success, or is it just a good year for saw-whets? Hard to say, but as the season continues perhaps we will have a better guess. Stay tuned!