Owl News Articles Index - Page 3
Scientists: Obama plan for spotted owl not enough
By Jeff Barnard, 2010-12-17
Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.A. - The Obama administration's plan for saving spotted owls isn't much better than the one proposed by his predecessor, experts on the threatened bird said.
Wildlife scientists said both administrations put too much blame on wildfire as
a major threat to the survival of spotted owls, and did not do...
Raptor program sets four young owls free
By Miles Blumhardt, 2010-12-15
Wellington, Colorado, U.S.A. - The recent unusually warm and dry weather might have farmers worried about
crops, but for four baby barn owls, the conditions are perfect for a new lease
The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program released the baby barn owls Tuesday at the
Denver Rescue Mission's Harvest Farm near Wellington ...
Barn Owl named Audubon California's 2010 Bird of the Year
Emeryville, California, U.S.A. - One of the most common species of owls in California, if not the world, today was named the 2010 Audubon California Bird of the Year after it received nearly 70 percent of votes cast during an online poll this fall. With its distinctive white face, the Barn Owl is known to frequent agricultural land...
Supertoxic rat poisons threaten owls, other wildlife
By Robert McClure, 2010-12-11
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - With the spooky glow of his headlamp illuminating an antenna in his hand,
Paul Levesque stalks one of Canada's last remaining barn owls.
"Are you getting anything?" research-team leader Sofi Hindmarch asks over a walkie-talkie.
"I got it!" Levesque responds. Then a few se...
In India, the mystical owl often faces a dangerous fate
By Rama Lakshmi, 2010-12-06
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India - In Meerut, India, Mehmood Ali is a carpenter by day and shaman by night. He
says he heals people battling anxiety, sleeplessness, curses and misfortune.
The soft-spoken, 50-year-old Ali uses body parts of owls in his elaborate
sorcery rituals for healing. Trade in owls was made illegal in Ind...
Tourists Glimpse Mysterious Peruvian Owl
By Robert Johns, 2010-12-03
Bosque de Proteccion Alto Mayo, Amazonas, Peru - Recently, a group of birdwatchers were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime
sighting when they observed the rare Peruvian Long-whiskered Owlet, a species
previously seen only by a handful of people.
This owlet is so rare that it wasn't even discovered until 1976, and since then,
the bird seems t...
Burrowing Owl Numbers in Decline at Berkeley Marina
By Nate Seltenrich, 2010-12-02
Berkeley, California, U.S.A. - The end may be nigh for Berkeley's celebrated burrowing owls. Despite
extensive efforts to protect the migratory birds' overwintering habitat at the
Berkeley Marina - including a $6 million, five-year restoration of the Berkeley
Meadow and the installation of a $100,000 art project at Cesar Ch...
Syrian boy catches Israeli barn owl and sets it free
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, 2010-12-02
Tel Aviv, Israel - Israeli migrating birds end up in the strangest places - even in countries
with which it has no diplomatic relations.
A barn owl - one of six - raised in a nesting box on Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in the
fields of the Beit She'an Valley and freed with an identifying ring on its leg
was caught las...
British barn owls 'depend on humans'
By Victoria Gill, 2010-11-25
Cumbria, England, U.K. - Three-quarters of British barn owls now live in man-made nest boxes,
according to conservationists.
Nest box installation schemes have helped boost the barn owl population. But in
Britain the birds are now largely reliant on such measures.
According to the Cumbria-based World Owl Trust, pe...
What male owls want: females with big spots
By Clara Moskowitz, 2010-11-22
Lausanne, Switzerland - ''What nice spots you have'' could apparently be a barn owl pickup line.
A new study found that female barn owls with larger spots seem to up their sexy
quotient, and have greater success in mating.
Perplexingly, the same trait - large dark spots on the tips of the white
feathers covering t...