Owl News Articles Index - Page 33
Fears mount over missing owls
By John Howard, 2008-09-06, 1 comment
Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, England, U.K. - Sanctuary owners are today desperately trying to trace three owls who they fear will die in the wild after vandals opened their cages.
It is believed animal rights campaigners could be responsible for breaking open
30 cages at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns, near Stowmarket.
Oregon study: inbreeding threatens spotted owls
2008-09-02, 1 comment
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A. - Declines in populations of the endangered northern spotted owl are leading to inbreeding and a resulting lack of genetic diversity needed for survival, making the birds more prone to disease and other problems, a report by an Oregon State University scientist concludes.
The problem, a ''populatio...
Rare owl chicks taken from centre
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England, U.K. - Staff at a Cumbria owl centre have been left devastated after the theft of two rare chicks.
The young chaco owls, worth £400 each, were taken in a raid at the Furness Owl
Centre in Barrow.
It is the sixth time in three years that the Owl Centre has been the victim of
attacks in which birds...
Foul Owls Use Feces To Show They Are In Fine Feather
Seville, Spain - Some years ago, within the Department of Conservation Biology of the Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Seville, Spain), a recently established group (colloquially named the Night Ecology Group) started to explore the possibility of visual communicatio...
Spotted owl's diminishing numbers have some fearing species is doomed
By Warren Cornwall, 2008-08-24
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. - The northern spotted owl - an endangered icon that 14 years ago spurred a rescue effort so sweeping it brought old-growth logging to a virtual
standstill in the Northwest - is now closer than ever to extinction.
While there is disagreement over how bad it could get, some are contemplating
Spotted owls back in forest spotlight
Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.A. - The Bush administration has decided the northern spotted owl can get by with less old growth forest habitat as it struggles to make its way off the threatened species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the federal forest land
designated as critical habitat for the owl in...
Hooting owls reveal motives of the dawn chorus
By Matt Kaplan, 2008-08-13
Chizé, Deux-Sevres, France - The dawn chorus - when male birds sing their hearts out at sunrise - has
puzzled biologists for almost as long as it has inspired poetry.
The birds probably do it to show off to females - but is it a signal of strength from being able to sing on an empty stomach, or being tough enough to sing i...
Owl trade profits poachers
- Night bird sold for up to a lakh across borders
By Aneeta Sharma, 2008-08-13
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India - For smugglers, owl trafficking has become one of the profitable businesses these days.
With each of the owl fetching as much as Rs 1 lakh, the nocturnal creature is
almost on the threshold of being endangered. The state forests, environment and
wildlife department has sounded a red alert to a...
As spotted owl's numbers keep falling, some fear it's doomed
By Warren Cornwall, 2008-08-13
Washington, U.S.A. - The northern spotted owl - an endangered icon that spurred a rescue effort so sweeping it brought old-growth logging to a virtual standstill in the Northwest - is now closer than ever to extinction.
Fourteen years after old-growth logging was banned on most federal lands to
protect the owls, th...
Barn owls to be reintroduced at Fermilab
By Dan Petrella, 2008-08-08
Batavia, Illinois, U.S.A. - The world-renowned particle accelerator at Fermilab is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of restored prairie, making the lab's grounds an ideal place to reintroduce the state-endangered barn owl.
Ecologists from Fermilab and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County are
teaming to release...