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, October 22, 2012

Olw-0ween PSA

As a reminder for the upcoming Owl-0ween warnings about using fake spider webs that people stretch across their yards, after one house in San Rafael   CA snagged a live owl last year.

This quarter-pound western screech owl was found alive by a resident , caught in the strands of a fake greenish-white web strung from a tree in a yard.

It could have been worse for this little screech if help wasn't called out and they were able to respond quickly.

While the incident was unusual, there have been other instances of animals snagged by holiday decorations.

The owl appeared to have been stuck in the web for several hours and was dehydrated, but was in otherwise good condition.  The  owl was treated with intravenous fluids and released in the same yard where it was found.
The family there removed the fake spider web material.

As a reminder, be wise and  keep birds and other animals in mind when hanging decorations outside.

After all, how many times have you walked through a spider web yourself and gotten it across your face and said,
'Oh my gosh, I didn't see that?'" 

 Please don't use fake spiderwebs or other decorations made of entangling fibers. Wild animals can easily get trapped and not be able to break the material to free themselves. Avoid decorations with loops or closed circles. A foraging animal can inadvertently put his head through a loop or circle and choke himself. Avoid decorations with small, dangling, edible-looking parts. Make sure all candy wrappers are disposed of properly Don't leave candy out where wildlife may find it.

It's a lot more common than people realize, squirrels have been found with Fourth of July banners wrapped around their tails and deer that have been stuck in Christmas lights.
Please decorate responsibly.