Alessondra Click wrote -
Ever wished you could help make the world a better place for owls? Ever wanted to go to a place where you could learn about owls and experience them in person? Now you can do both by joining Alessondra and the OKCOwlCam in supporting the International Owl Center through the "Save A Hoot!" Campaign.
What is the International Owl Center?
Many have become familiar with the International Owl Center through its popular Rusty & Iris Cam on Ustream. Located in Houston, Minnesota and founded by Karla Bloem, the organization advances the survival of wild owl populations through education and research. The IOC accomplishes this through biological and cultural programs and displays, green building design, citizen-science and other research, international exchange of information, the World Owl Hall of Fame, the International Festival of Owls, and other means.
What is the OKCOwlCam?
The OKCOwlCam is a live video stream of a family of Great Horned Owls that have made their nest for the past several years in the second-story planter box of Alessondra's home in Oklahoma City. Her Dad set up a video camera to enable her to watch the nesting process, and since then, over 5,000,000 viewers have joined the fun. The OKCOwlCam has become part of Alessondra's home school education, through which she learns about biology, public relations, technology, and charitable giving.
What is the Save A Hoot! Campaign?
The "Save A Hoot!" Campaign is Alessondra's charitable component of her OKCOwlCam project. Her goal is to raise $10,000 or more in contributions to go towards the construction of the Owl Center's new facility, which is a state of the art education center complete with aviaries and learning venues. Last year, her Season 3 campaign, "Give A Hoot About Hunger", raised over $13,000 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
You can learn more from Alessondra about the "Save A Hoot!" campaign by watching her campaign video.
What are the details of the campaign?
Contributions are made using this Crowdrise campaign page. Your donation is made securely through this site and given directly to the International Owl Center at the end of the campaign. More information on how Crowdrise works can be found in their explore section. The OKCOwlCam does not receive any portion of these funds or any compensation for this campaign.
The International Owl Center is a 501(c)(3) registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service, and your contribution may be tax-deductible. The organization is govorned by a diverse Board of Directors. The University of Minnesota has conducted and published a feasibility study on their new facility plans. Note that images shown are conceptual renderings of plans still being developed.