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CAMPUS LIFE

THE COMPASS

DIRECTIONS

NEWS page 8

Chase McEvers

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 924209957@gsc.edu 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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Spring 2012, issue 1  

Issue 1 for spring 2012 of the Gainesville State College Compass

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