Monday, January 20, 2014

Barn Owl: status, conservation, research, news

Ph. by M. Manske; Wikim. Commons
The Barn Owl now has threatened or endangered status in most central and north-central states. In Wisconsin, we encounter a bird or two every year or so in the state, and there have been successful nests a few times in the past two decades - but this species is among our rarest nocturnal bird species.

Learn more about this species and its ecology, plus more on its status and conservation:

Owl Research Institute Barn Owl page:  http://www.owlinstitute.org/barn-owl.html

Univ. of Florida Barn Owl expanded species account:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW21600.pdf

Montana Field Guide Barn Owl factsheet: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/detail_ABNSA01010.aspx

WI All-Bird Plan - Barn Owl species account: http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/plan/species/bnow.htm

Gaze control circuitry in the barn owl: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2659464/

Exterior nestboxes as ecological traps:



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