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september 21, 2021
Today we are highlighting Lisa’s Barn Owl nesting box in Bel Marin Keys. In 2020, the box had a pair of adult Barn Owls who successfully raised four owlets. 2021 was a different story, but we hope to share what we learn as we await test results from CA Fish and Wildlife. Below is the start of the nesting timeline. Lots of great photos and videos are in our news feed on Facebook!
2/21/21 – A male owl sings his song to lure a female partner.
2/24/21 – A female owl joins him, they begin to preen one another.
4/4/21 – The first egg is laid, and another egg is laid every 2 days. Totaling 4 eggs.
5/7/21 – The first egg hatched.
5/9/21 – Another egg hatched.
5/12/21 – The remaining 2 eggs hatch.
5/15/21 – The male owl is not seen on the camera again. The female owl begins to hunt and leave the owlets alone in the box.
When dad went missing, Lisa contacted All About Owls for advice. At this point, we began monitoring the situation to make sure that mom could catch enough food to feed all four chicks. Once it became obvious that mom was not able to provide enough prey for the four chicks, we advised her on how to discretely drop off supplemental food items for the nesting box. Please always check in with your local wildlife rehabilitation hospital before feeding a wild animal. (Special thanks to Petfood Express for providing Lisa a discount!)
6/2/21 – The smallest owlet passed away. While sad, it is not unusual for the runt of the owlets to not make it. There are many babies to feed, and the smallest one can’t always get to the food before their siblings gobble the food up.
6/27/21 – A second owlet passes away.
7/11/21 – The eldest owlet who was nearly old enough to fledge (leave the nest box) passes away.
This is very alarming to lose three of the four owlets, so Lisa and AAO got in contact with CA Fish and Wildlife to see if they can offer any testing to find out what happened to this owl family. The eldest owlet’s body was shipped to CA Fish and Wildlife’s lab for necropsy and rodenticide testing to see if we can get more answers.
8/25/21 – The last remaining fledgling owl is hunting well on his own! We were able to discontinue supplemental feedings at this time. Though it was sad to lose three of the four owlets in this nest, we are thrilled that this owl has made it to this stage successfully!
In early September the CA Fish and Wildlife test results were in: the cause of death was determined to be starvation. The extreme heatwave that occurred during the nesting period likely contributed to the death of this owl. This season has been tough for many young raptors because of the extreme heat that has occurred during nesting. These juveniles can easily become overheated and fledge too early to try to escape the heat in the nest. The heat will also affect the adults by reducing the amount of time they can forage for prey. Also, the prey likely becomes less active went it’s so hot. Unfortunately, this pattern has become more common in recent years.
Climate change continues to be a challenge for wildlife. By providing a nesting box for wild owls, we have a responsibility to make the nesting box as safe as possible by providing plenty of ventilation, floor space, and an installation location safe from predators and in the shade to protect from the heat. This nesting box was replaced with a larger vineyard-size nesting box, and additional panels were added to provide more protection from the heat for future owl families.
All About Owls is always here for any questions you have about wild owls, owl box installation, and to provide high-quality owl nesting boxes.
august 13, 2021
There has been an alarming number of possibly poisoned owls this year. As we await test results for several possible cases, we wanted to make sure to share with you our guide for 7 Steps To Non-Toxic Rodent Control. There are many simple and safe steps that can be taken to deter rodents from your property.
If you come across an injured or struggling wild animal please contact your local wildlife hospital immediately. If you find animal remains with no obvious injury, please let All About Owls know, and we can help you get in touch with CA Fish and Wildlife to arrange for possible rodenticide exposure testing.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Check out our 7 Steps handout!
july 27, 2021
FLEDGED! The foster baby from early July has left her nesting box. This young Barn Owl was found after she had fallen from an older nesting box that was placed very high, making it dangerous to return her to the nesting box- we didn’t want her to jump out again! Luckily she had no injuries, so she was placed in one of our extra nest boxes in Novato, and volunteers dropped off food nightly until she was old enough to fledge. Our volunteers will continue to drop off food on the nesting box nightly until she is hunting well on her own, just as wild owls do for their young.
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april 5, 2021
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march 3, 2021
Coming soon! Our new vineyard-style Barn Owl boxes are being built right now. These nesting boxes improve upon our standard box design by giving the owlets more space to really stretch their wings, and giving you plenty of room to add in a Nest camera if you want to watch the action! Contact us at email@example.com for more info, and to get on the waiting list.
january 14, 2021
Another setback for the Spotted Owl population. This species would have more protections if it was properly listed as “endangered” instead of its current lesser designation of “threatened”. The Center for Biological Diversity is leading a legal challenge to change the Spotted Owls designation. More information is available here
january 3, 2021
Story courtesy of our partners- Raptor Are The Solution (RATS):
AB 1788 goes into effect in California on Jan. 1, 2021. The bill, which will greatly curb the use of deadly second generation anticoagulants, was carried by Asemblymember Richard Bloom and sponsored by RATS, Center for Biological Diversity, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
December 15, 2020
Dreaming of an owl nesting box, but you don’t live on a large property? Consider a Screech Owl box!
Screech Owl nesting boxes can work well in suburban neighborhoods where a large Barn Owl box isn’t a good fit. Screech Owls are found throughout the Bay Area and have a soft, pleasant call. Plus, they are efficient at catching small rodents and insects around your property! Boxes are priced at $150 each. This size box is also a good fit for Saw-whet Owls and American Kestrels.
For more information, and a free email consultation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 27, 2020
Whooo’s filming an educational presentation at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County? Why it’s our resident owls, Buho (Western Screech Owl) and Gazeau (Great Horned Owl).
We are trying out new ways to continue to educate the community about the owls in our neighborhood and be safe in these current times. Fun video coming soon!
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
Friendly reminder that your owl nesting box should get an annual cleaning and inspection in October or November.
Boxes that have been occupied, but not cleaned, are at risk of overheating or becoming so heavy they fall. Don’t let this happen to the owlets in your life!
Email us today if you need advice or cleaning tips!
SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
From our friends at Raptors are the Solution (RATS): Today, CA Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1788 into law! This bill will curb the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides while the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation reevaluates these dangerous products. Thank you to assembly member Richard Bloom, for your years of dedication to this issue, and thanks to everyone who called, wrote, tweeted or otherwise helped get this bill across the finish line!
August 19, 2020
The two young Barn Owls from the Vallejo palm tree fledged (left the nesting box) over a week ago, and are still being spotted nearby! In the wild, the parents would continue to feed the fledgling owls for a period of time afterwards, until they were ready to be independent. Our dedicated volunteers continue to drop off food on the box each night to mimic what the parent owls would do.
August 6, 2020
August 4, 2020
THANK YOU! We had an amazing response to our t-shirt fundraiser, selling 84 shirts and raising over $600! All proceeds support our education and conservation work right here in the Bay Area.
August 2, 2020
Remember the pair of young Barn Owls that fell from the palm tree as it was pruned? They are getting bigger each day and will be ready to fledge soon! While we are glad these two will live the wild life they deserve, this ordeal was a reminder that tree trimming should only be done in October and November, when birds are not nesting.
July 21, 2020
While in the hack box, one of our dedicated volunteers will discreetly drop off food daily, so the owls do not associate people with food. While we are happy to help these owls return to the wild, it is disappointing that the owls were put in this position. Please consider sharing this information with your friends and neighbors- tree trimming is a fall activity. Thank you for your support!
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february 18, 2020
Check out this fun video from one of our Barn Owl boxes in Novato! Barn Owls in the North Bay are scouting out potential nesting sites now. Fingers crossed for nesting owls in this box within the next few weeks!