The Eagle Valley Raptor Center has two barn owls that they have been raising and that now are ready for release. The Center is asking for any local farmers that have an abandoned building, barn or silo to contact the center if they would be willing to have one of the owls placed on their property.
Barn Owls are extremely helpful not only to the environment, but to farmers because of the number of rodents they eat a year. The average barn owl will eat, on average, 2,500 to 3,000 mice a year. With a mate, four to seven babies in each clutch and having two to three clutches a year, a barn owl family can possibly consume 30,000 to 40,000 mice a year on a farm. They won’t bother chickens, kittens or any other family pets or farm animals.
The barn owl has three nicknames – the monkey-faced owl, the heart-shaped face owl and the Farmer’s Best Friend. They are known for their silent flight and bone-chilling screams when they are startled. The babies, when approached by predators, will hiss like a rattlesnake and scare off any would-be attackers.
For more information call 316-393-0710 or go to www.eaglevalleyraptorcenter.org