SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time for tree trimming

Often, we remove dead trees in town and along roadways because they pose a safety threat.
As you can see dead and dying trees present a myriad of natural nests and roosts for wild animals. However, as we cut down these trees, we destroy the homes of these animals. Although we cannot mitigate all the consequences brought about by eliminating snags in our environment, we can provide some replacements for a few of those animals, and at the same time gain a way to watch and appreciate wildlife.
Building a box for wildlife simulates these natural homes in which animals can be protected and comfortable, if built and maintained correctly.

MORGAN HILL - CA: Robert Handa Reports On Federal Investigation Into Cutting Down Of Tree With Nesting Owl Family.

Actions to help trees & birds:
• Trim and prune during the fall and winter when trees are dormant.
• Hire arborists, landscapers and tree trimmers who are concerned with the health of your trees and the birds that nest in them.
• Avoid contracting services that only trim trees because they have to work year around.
• If you see tree trimmers disturbing an active nest, TAKE A PICTURE of the nest, the destruction, and the company’s name.
Report violations to the Law Enforcement
Office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at (310) 328-1516 (Office of Investigations and Compliance Inspection).

What does the law say?
Birds and active nests are protected from harm or harassment by the Migratory BirdTreaty Act. CA Dept. of Fish & Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildllfe Service will issue citations and levy fines to individuals and companies that blatantly disregard the regulations.

Trivia Q : How many rodents can a family of Barn owls devour in one breeding season?