barn owlsIf you have a barn owl box on your property, you may be asking some questions for the winter such as: do barn owls migrate? If they leave, will they return? If they stay, how do they survive the winter? Is there anything I need to do to help them? Read More
Do you have owls cruising around your neighborhood but you are never really sure what species they are? Are you considering a barn owl box and want to know more about the inhabitants you hope to attract? Here are some fun facts about barn owls to whet your appetite for studying them through the lens of the barn owl box. When you install Barn Owl Boxes on your property, you attract these fascinating creatures and can view their entire life cycle from hatching to adulthood. Read More
One way that humans can help endangered bird species is by providing protected shelter. Most bird species are very hardy when they have a safe place to live and raise their young, so providing shelter for them can be a great way to help protect these animals. Read More
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