The survey is known as "Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study" or "WAFLS." It is to help track short-eared owl populations in a few different states. We were given an area. We made a route to follow roads in that area and made several stops to get out and look around for short-eared owls. We did use our handy dandy road map printed off the computer for the survey. It was great to celebrate the holiday that way.
At our second to last stop, Jeremy did see a short-eared owl but just through the binoculars. We weren't able to get any pictures of it. Then another bird flew across the road and away from us, but we weren't able to identify it. It may have been a short-eared owl, but it could have been something else. Oh well. We saw plenty of other birds, though.
Before we left home for the WAFLS survey, Jeremy made waffles for us and had each of us in the family fill out our own Waffles Survey.
click on it to see it largerJeremy saw a short-eared owl, we saw lots of ground squirrels, but no short-eared owls eating ground squirrels nor ground squirrels eating waffles nor short-eared owls eating ground squirrels in the process of eating waffles.
When Jeremy mentioned that we ate waffles before heading out and that he did see a short-eared owl, the project leader in our area told everyone to eat waffles before they go out again to improve their mojo. There weren't a lot of short-eared owls to be found in Utah the first time around.
WAFLS requires us to go out again through the same route on a different day to see if there are any differences. We'll be eating waffles again before we go out. I still want to see a definite short-eared owl.
On a different note, the next day, April 6, was the anniversary of the invention of the Twinkie. The kids went over to the home of friends and their mom, my good friend, had bought Twinkies for them to have to celebrate.