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    Calling in Screech Owls? There’s an App for That!

    This year, Dr. Brady Porter of Duquesne University and other volunteers in the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count will be incorporating technology with nature.

    Starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, Porter and his early-bird companions will be calling in Eastern Screen Owls with a phone app to complete a "wing count" of these birds of prey and songbirds. Last year, Porter, associate professor of biology, and the group working at Murphy's Bottom near Freeport, Armstrong County, found the app extremely successful.

    This year, they'll try to repeat that success.

    Porter also will lead a group in Hampton Township along Pine Creek, starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.

    Volunteers interested in participating at either location may contact Porter at 412.337.7397.

    These efforts are part of the world's longest running citizen science survey to spot trends in bird populations, which also provide a framework for larger trends in the environment.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.