Could Climate Change Endanger Barn Owls?
We all know that man’s erosion of wildlife habitat has had a direct impact on some species. However, did you know that barn owls can also be endangered by climate change? Recent articles published in Great Britain’s wildlife journals indicate a fear that the unseasonably cold winters and wet springs the nation has experienced for the past several years may decimate native barn owl populations in that area of the world. It is not a stretch to believe it could happen here as well.
The Problem for British Barn Owls
The barn owl, Tyto alba, is one of the most widespread species on the planet. Barn owls nest almost anywhere there is a secure space of the right height to prevent depredations by nest predators. However, the barn owl does not thrive as readily in some climates as others. Generally barn owls do best in places with relatively temperate weather, both from a temperature and a precipitation standpoint.
The recent cold winters and wet springs in Great Britain have given rise to fears that the barn owl population may not be breeding at a level high enough to keep pace with habitat encroachment, diminishing food supplies and other problems that plague all wildlife species. In just a few short years, the barn owl population has plummeted, largely due to repercussions of the changing weather. The British lesson to United States ornithologists: it could happen to you, too.
What Can I Do To Help the Barn Owl?
If you are interested in helping this incredible species survive, there are things you can do. For example, you can purchase a barn owl box and mount it at the correct height to attract barn owl nesting pairs. By providing the barn owls with a safe habitat away from predators and people, you have just exponentially increased the animals’ chances for survival.
Barn Owl Boxes offers nesting boxes that meet all the needs of a barn owl nesting pair to raise a healthy, happy family. Not only will placing a Barn Owl Box in the right spot improve the barn owl’s chances for survival but it will also benefit you. Barn owl couples and their young can eat thousands of rodents in a single mating season, providing you with free, pesticide-free mouse and mole control!
Contact Barn Owl Boxes today to learn how you can have your very own barn owl nesting box installed on your property.
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