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

Monday, June 18, 2012

Barn Owl Nest Box Project in Jamaica Bay

The NY Chapter of the American Littoral Society is dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing the estuaries of NYC and helping to make the coast line of NYC hospitable to marine life. They're involved in many projects from planting marshes, cleaning beaches and the coastline, removing derelict boats from the bay and debris from the nesting sites of horseshoe crabs. In addition, they offer a host of educational programs about the wildlife and fauna of the bay. They also have raptor management programs, and band barn owls and osprey's in the bay.

In this video, you get a glimpse of their barn owl banding project in Jamaica Bay, which is just one of many projects. Over the last 50 years, the barn owl has become a species of concern, as their population is dwindling. However, thanks to the nest boxes provided by the American Littoral Society, and the many rodents in the area, the barn owl population in NYC's Jamaica Bay is doing well.
The ongoing project having have banded over 380 young owls in the last 20 years.