A recent article in the BBC discusses the findings of a team of Swiss scientists that suggests that barn owl baby behavior may be much more complex than initially believed. In fact, the scientists note that they think barn owl siblings may be negotiating for food rather than fighting by giving certain calls that are recognized by their litter mates.
The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. The study notes that barn owls, species Tyto alba, are one of the most widespread animals in the world, found in every continent but Antarctica. The average clutch of eggs contains four to six, although up to 12 is not unheard of. Read More
Watching barn owls live through an entire life cycle is an experience you will never forget. Barn owls are fascinating creatures, and being able to watch them from the time they hatch until they leave the nest and become adult predators is an exercise in wonder. A barn owl nesting box with an included camera is one of the best ways to observe the entire life cycle of the barn owl easily. Read More
“Owl Cam” is sweeping the nation, and the latest group to succumb to “Owl Fever” is a group of college students atPalm Beach State College in Belle Glade, Florida.
Using cameras in owl nesting boxes is nothing new, but the new attention on the Internet to barn owls and their nesting habits has caused interest in camera boxes to skyrocket recently. Several groups are sponsoring owl cams that feed into a live stream that can be viewed by people anywhere on the planet. Read More
Alex Godbe, a woman who began a projected entitled Hungry Owl Project in 2001 for rescue of owls and education about these birds, is scheduled to receive a Green Award from the city of San Anselmo. The Green Award is given to residents who make contributions to sustainability or the ecology of the area.
Godbe’s project has rescued more than 800 owls in the past decade and has provided educational materials to thousands about the use of pesticides and their harmful effect on the environment. After living in San Anselmo for many years, Godbe recently moved to Novato where she will continue her work. Read More
Waterbirds are the original concern of the Audubon Society, founded in 1905. The Audubon Society is concerned with conservancy, and the Fresno Audubon Society, an effort to foster interest in conserving ecosystems for birds, sponsors walks at the Fresno County Wastewater Treatment Facility and other locations around the county.
The water levels at basins such as those at the treatment facility allow birds to find their preferred range for feeding. Understanding birds means knowing more than just what they look like, the Audubon Society teaches. It is also about understanding the balance of plants, water, insects, mammals and other birds. Read More
People love barn owls for many reasons, but rodent control is probably at the top of the list. Their natural tendency to eat rats and mice make them welcome additions to your backyard or barn.
Oddly, people do not usually feel the same way about bats. Although bats serve a parallel purpose in the food chain—each one eating tons of insects per year—most people find it a bit harder to cozy up to bats than to barn owls. Read More
Did you know that you can watch live barn own antics right on this website? Barn Owl Boxes provides “Owl Cam” 24 hours a day so that everyone can enjoy the activities of these magnificent birds of prey on their own computer screens.
Our live feed (which is currently dormant) is exactly the same live feed that, three years ago, documented the daily activities of Molly, an adult barn owl who laid a clutch of eggs in an owl nesting box in San Marcos, California. Molly was about 14 inches tall and weighed about a pound, but had a wingspan of 43 inches! This wide wingspan gives raptors, or birds of prey, the ability to sail silently on the wind then suddenly plunge down, grabbing up their food as they go with their sharp talons. Read More
As custodians of the planet, it falls on everyone to protect endangered species. Not only are these species protected by law from harm and habitat deprivation but they are also our only specimens of animals and birds that may be gone quickly if we do not do something to help them survive.
This is especially true with bird species. Bird habitats have been disappearing at an alarming rate as humans moved in to encroach on their territory. Raptors such as barn owls, hawks and eagles have suffered greatly, but even “common” birds are finding it difficult to find food, shelter and nesting areas in which to have their young. Read More
Around the world, animal and plant species are being threatened by the encroachment of “civilization.” Human beings take up a large space or “footprint” in many places where they live. This problem is even greater in industrialized nations where humans tend to use products that require relatively large amounts of natural resources to sustain them.
The use of large quantities of water, wood and other natural resources has led to the destruction of many animal habitats. One species that has suffered from the loss of habitat is the barn owl. Read More