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Aaron Smith, a GSC student and member of the GIS club, helped install the barred owl house.
Owls at home in GSC wetlands Paku Lo News Copy Editor email@example.com GSC sociology professor John O’Sullivan remembers when he decided to become an owl landlord. He spotted an owl box, as the bird- houses are known, at a state park in North Georgia on a family trip. The owl box was above the campground where he and his family were staying. At night’s approach, the owls sent out their call, “hoo, hoo, too-HOO,” and O’Sullivan said he realized something. “It occurred to me that you could make boxes, and they would move into them,” O’Sullivan said. The owl box idea stayed with him, and over the holi- days, he decided to bring some to Hall County. He paid a carpenter friend who needed work to build three barred owl boxes. After researching owl box plans, he chose the best parts from each and made “a mansion for owls.” Two were placed in Gainesville, one on the Lyn- layout of this page Audrey Williams
wood Nature Preserve and another on the edge of the city in some woods. For the third box, O’Sullivan sent an email to several professors asking if they would like the box for the wetlands near campus. “And a lot of us said yes,” Margi Flood said, a biology teacher at GSC. The barred owl used to be a very common bird in North America and could be found from Florida to Maine and from Canada to west of the Mississippi River, Flood said. On Thursday, Jan. 12, Flood, her husband and two students placed O’Sullivan’s barred owl box in the wetlands, which is part of Tumbling Creek woods. Tumbling Creek spans 77 acres next to GSC. It is owned by the Gainesville State College Foundation. Now the wait is on for an owl family to move in. )ORRGVDLGWKH\VKRXOG¿QG the wetlands a good place to live and hunt. “These guys would be considered a top predator, and you need top predators here,” Flood said.
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(L to R) Science professor Margi Flood, stu- dents Aaron Smith and Drake Boyer along with Flood’s husband, John Straw, put up *6&·VÀUVWEDUUHGRZOKRXVHRQ-DQLQWKH wetlands behind the pavillion.
The consolidation or merger or whatever you want to call it has made us all ner- vous, including our mascot, Laker, who’s bound to lose his job soon.
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