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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nappy Valley and the barn owl

Amid the beauty of Napa Valley, sustainable farming practices have taken root. Learn how winegrowers, with a vision toward sustainability, have found a natural ally in the Barn Owl.
For Davis and Dyke [Three Hoots] it's about creating an environment of balance and respect for our place in the natural environment, which is why they not only give five percent of their net revenue to the Audubon Society, but they also encourages the population of Barn Owls via the use of Owl boxes, which in turn helps return balance of the pest to predator ratio in the vineyards, putting into practice what they believe.