Denver Holt has been studying long-eared owls for 27 years. He's banded over 1,700 of the birds and found 225 nests in Montana.
But he's never been able to see what the birds do at night until now.
An infrared camera atop a pole in willow thickets on Montana rangeland is aimed at a long-eared owl nest. Holt is founder and director of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Mont. He believes there are four or five eggs in the nest.
He says he can't wait to see how the nocturnal birds share child-rearing duties.
The 24-seven long-eared owl cam goes live Thursday. It is part of an explore.org initiative, underwritten by the Santa Monica-based Annenberg Foundation.