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, February 26, 2012

International Festival of Owls

Not even one week to go until the Festival starts!
We know a few of the honorees names but one you may not know is Denver Holt. Holt and his Owl Research Institute have 25 years worth of data collected on owls in Montana and around the world. Western Montana raptor researcher Denver Holt has been named a “Champion of Owls” by peers affiliated with the 10th annual International Festival of Owls.
Denver stands out head and shoulders in North America for getting the public involved with wildlife, he has replaced the typical “owl-on-a-fist-in-a-classroom” lectures with field trips that introduce people to owl foraging areas, nesting sites and seasonal activity.
The different awards recognize the small-scale dedication of owl enthusiasts as well as the multi-discipline efforts of professional researchers. All these people have literally dedicated their lives to owls.
The Houston Nature Center in Minnesota hosts the festival on
March 2-4