Saturday, February 21, 2009

Boreal Owl Project

We subscribe to a magazine called Rural Delivery, which arrives in our mailbox periodically and is filled with articles about country living. Not one of those fancy magazines with beautiful photos of designer homes. This is filled with practical information for farmers...sometimes way over my head in technical farmer type stuff, as well as lots of articles that are just plain interesting. The magazine is published in a town about a 1/2 hour drive from where we live, and focuses on the Maritime provinces.

The current magazine arrived a couple of weeks ago. The editor talked about many things, including a project about Boreal Owls. Randy Lauff is an instructor with the Department of Biology at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. (commonly known around here as St.FX) In 2004, he discovered the first two Boreal Owl nests in Nova Scotia. He's working on a project to prove that the owls exist in other parts of the province. You can read about his owl project here.
photo taken from Randy Lauff's website

And this is where we come in. We have volunteered to be part of the project. This involves mounting 2 nesting boxes in our trees and monitoring the boxes. If we're lucky enough to get some owls nesting, then Randy will be paying us a visit. If we get some Saw-whet owls, then he'll come down to band the birds. If we're lucky enough to get Boreal owls, then he'll be down more frequently to take growth related measurements, extract nest material (to understand their diet), etc.

Fingers crossed we'll get some owls!


Jennifer said...

How exciting! First eagles, now owls.
Here's hoping...

aliceinparis said...

That is so exciting. I love owls. I do hope you get one. I once saw a huge owl at Kedgi Park. We were camping and it was sitting on the limb of a hemlock tree high above us them swooped off.

John's Arts & Crafts said...

Very interesting! Birds, Owls are not the only creature requires nesting boxes! New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug:

Blenda said...

What a sweet little owl and a great project. Thanks for sharing.