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Hi there. I have been birding most of my life and am currently a grad student working on a bird migration study. "A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."
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I want to see a great-horned owl in the wild.  It’s been a long time.  Any advice?

Sunday February 3rd // Filed under: owls, birding, birdwatching,
just-breezy:

Barred owl and owlet.
“Perhaps hundreds of barred owls will be shot — “removed” is the gentler agency word for it — during a 3- to 10-year experiment in tightly defined areas of Northwest forests. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said Tuesday the government “can’t ignore the mounting evidence that competition from barred owls is a major factor in the spotted owl’s decline.”The fate of spotted owls has been at the heart of the “timber wars” since they were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990. Killing one species to benefit another, however, is a drastic action that troubles scientists and activists on either side.”

just-breezy:

Barred owl and owlet.

“Perhaps hundreds of barred owls will be shot — “removed” is the gentler agency word for it — during a 3- to 10-year experiment in tightly defined areas of Northwest forests. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said Tuesday the government “can’t ignore the mounting evidence that competition from barred owls is a major factor in the spotted owl’s decline.”

The fate of spotted owls has been at the heart of the “timber wars” since they were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990. Killing one species to benefit another, however, is a drastic action that troubles scientists and activists on either side.”

Saturday December 8th // Filed under: conservation issues, conservation biology, ecology, owls, nature, birds, birding, animals,
Snowy Owl ( Bubo scandiacus )-3331

(by emikek)

Snowy Owl ( Bubo scandiacus )-3331

(by emikek)

Sunday October 14th // Filed under: animals, nature, birds, owl, owls, white, beauty,
Oriental Scops Owl Photo by Namgun Lee
A species of Scops owl found in South Asia, they are found in dry deciduous forests. They are usually detected by their distinctive call. There have been two records of Oriental Scops Owl in Alaska.

Oriental Scops Owl Photo by Namgun Lee

A species of Scops owl found in South Asia, they are found in dry deciduous forests. They are usually detected by their distinctive call. There have been two records of Oriental Scops Owl in Alaska.

Monday June 11th // Filed under: animals, nature, forest, birding, birdwatching, owls,
feathersandbeaks:

ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2012) — An international team of scientists, including some from Majorca and the Canary Islands, have described a new type of fossil scops owl, the first extinct bird on the archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). Otus mauli, which was also the first nocturnal bird of prey described in the area, lived on land and became extinct as a result of humans arriving on the island. (via An extinct species of scops owl has been discovered in Madeira)

feathersandbeaks:

ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2012) — An international team of scientists, including some from Majorca and the Canary Islands, have described a new type of fossil scops owl, the first extinct bird on the archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). Otus mauli, which was also the first nocturnal bird of prey described in the area, lived on land and became extinct as a result of humans arriving on the island. (via An extinct species of scops owl has been discovered in Madeira)

Saturday March 24th // Filed under: animals, science, birds, owls, raptor, extinction, biology,
ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2012) — An international team of scientists, including some from Majorca and the Canary Islands, have described a new type of fossil scops owl, the first extinct bird on the archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). Otus mauli, which was also the first nocturnal bird of prey described in the area, lived on land and became extinct as a result of humans arriving on the island. (via An extinct species of scops owl has been discovered in Madeira)

ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2012) — An international team of scientists, including some from Majorca and the Canary Islands, have described a new type of fossil scops owl, the first extinct bird on the archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). Otus mauli, which was also the first nocturnal bird of prey described in the area, lived on land and became extinct as a result of humans arriving on the island. (via An extinct species of scops owl has been discovered in Madeira)

Saturday March 24th // Filed under: animals, science, birds, owls, raptor, extinction, biology,
mothernaturenetwork:

Rival birds could be killed under spotted owl rescue planThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also considering capturing and relocating barred owls, or placing them in permanent captivity.

This is unethical and is not even a legitimate long-term solution.  Barred owls will undoubtedly return to the area, so where do we draw the line?  The issue here is more complex than simply eliminating barred owls.  This is a “quick and dirty” solution that will not work out in the long-term.

mothernaturenetwork:

Rival birds could be killed under spotted owl rescue plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also considering capturing and relocating barred owls, or placing them in permanent captivity.

This is unethical and is not even a legitimate long-term solution.  Barred owls will undoubtedly return to the area, so where do we draw the line?  The issue here is more complex than simply eliminating barred owls.  This is a “quick and dirty” solution that will not work out in the long-term.

Sunday March 4th // Filed under: animals, nature, science, owls, birds, endangered species,