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

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

In Remembrance of D-12

We are very sorry to announce that D12 has died. 
D12 was found electrocuted at the base of a power pole on a Sunday morning 7/1/12. D12, the first of three to hatch in March, was discovered at the base of a power pole near the nest at the Decorah Fish Hatchery. This is the first known death of any of the 14 young eagles fledged from the Decorah nest, but it will probably not be the last, Anderson said. Nearly 1,700 had commented just two hours after the death announcement.
On Monday morning, an Alliant Energy crew returned to the nest tree area and worked on several power poles near the nest tree, installing permanent insulation to prevent future avian problems.

 The body of D12 is being turned over to the Department of Natural Resources.

D12 with M&D on the "Y" branch  6/10/12
RIP D12 

“We thank all of you for your heartfelt thoughts on this loss,” the Raptor Resource Project wrote.