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

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Meter Reader Saves a brood

Thanks to the smart thinking and big heart of a Florida electric cooperative meter reader, several baby owls are lucky to be alive.

These baby barn owls were saved by a meter reader after falling from a pine tree.
Several weeks ago, Bill Sauls of Keystone Heights, Fla.-based Clay Electric Cooperative was driving along his route when he heard a loud crash. Sauls discovered that a large pine tree had fallen. As he approached the tree, he noticed four baby barn owls had plummeted from their nest.

Sauls’ instincts took over as he intervened. “I couldn’t leave them there,” he said. “They would’ve been killed for sure.”

After investigating the area, Sauls found some neighbors nearby. He told them about the incident and they called Florida Wildlife Care, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and conservation of native wildlife and habitat in Florida.

“Barn owls are cavity nesting birds whose young fare best with the security and protection of an enclosed nest,” said Charlotte Loomis, a local owl conversation advocate. “They are extremely vulnerable to predators if they end up on the ground.”
On April 26, a representative from the nonprofit group traveled nearly an hour from its Gainesville, Fla., facility to pick up the owlets from the co-op for tests. Barn owls are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Once the examinations were completed, three of the birds were determined to be injury-free and could be returned home the next day, said Leslie Straub, director of FWC. Straub then called Loomis to take the birds back home, and within 24 hours the owlets were placed in a large wooden nest box, which was attached to a tree near the original nest.
A fourth bird was injured and needed to stay at the wildlife facility longer than expected. Once the bird was able to stand on its own, Loomis returned it to join its thriving siblings on Mother’s Day.

“I have been involved in barn owl conservation and advocacy for the last few years and believe that Leslie Straub and Billy Sauls’ timely actions saved the lives of all four owlets,” Loomis said.

According to Loomis, upon returning to the site and installing an owl house for the birds, she noticed that the birds’ parents were “looking for their babies and were ready for their return.”

“That four owlets were saved in this way provides a wildlife rescue story with the happiest and most heartwarming of endings,” Loomis said. “Billy’s part in the outcome of this story is deeply appreciated. His actions provide a perfect model for all of us, should we come across this kind of natural accident in the wild.”