Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday.
The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the raptors are a breeding pair that stand guard over a nest.
Parker, Lockley lead, Kennesaw State downs N. Florida 81-64
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Bobby Parker and Bryson Lockley scored 17 points apiece as Kennesaw State beat North Florida 81-64 on Wednesday night, ending an eight-game skid.
Danny Lewis added 16 points and four assists for the Owls (4-18, 1-6 Atlantic Sun Conference), who pick up their first conference win. Tyler Hooker had 15 points and six rebounds. Lockley led with 12 rebounds and Hooker posted seven assists and six rebounds.
Injured raptors safe at new Calusa Nature Center aviary
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — After months of stress, uncertainty and shuffled quarters, Gandalf, the great horned owl, is home.
A year and a half ago, his very life was at risk — and not from his car-smashed wing, which healed years ago.
Gov’t shutdown strands pelican, injured owl in Rhode Island
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — An out-of-place pelican and an injured owl will likely remain stranded at a Rhode Island wildlife facility until the end of the partial federal government shutdown.
The Providence Journal reports that the juvenile brown pelican — likely steered north by high winds — had become a sensation to bird watchers and dock workers who nicknamed him "Bert."
Drivers urged to be alert to birds of prey on roadsides
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging drivers to be alert for hawks and owls that may be looking for food along roadsides this winter.
The department says many birds of prey are hit by motor vehicles when they swoop down to catch small rodents crossing the road and often don't survive the crashes.
Third lawsuit over killing barred owls dismissed
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a third lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's experiment with killing barred owls to protect threatened spotted owls.
Owl released back into wild after flying into truck
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An owl that was injured when it flew into a truck in Vermont has been released back into the wild.
The Bennington Banner reports Shane and Antoinette Squiers released the barred owl into the Norman and Selma. The Squiers were travelling on Route 7 toward Bennington on Friday night when they struck the bird.
Stapleton scores 27, FAU tops Florida Gulf Coast 85-68
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Xavian Stapleton scored 27 points, with six 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds and Florida Atlantic pulled ahead early to beat Florida Gulf Coast 85-68 on Sunday for the Eagles' fourth straight loss.
Jailyn Ingram had 11 points, 10 boards and six assists and Jaylen Sebree added 12 points for the Owls (6-1), who made 11 3-pointers and shot 49 percent overall.
Alice the owl retiring in Minnesota after 20 years
HOUSTON, Minn. (AP) — After 20 years of making an impact, a famous bird of prey is retiring in Minnesota.
Alice will be retiring in Houston, where she lives with her caretaker Karla Bloem, who founded the International Festival of Owls and the International Owl Center, the Winona Daily News reported .
Old Army depot now teems with wildlife in Iowa
SAVANNA, Iowa (AP) — The little office is what you'd expect, mostly.
One wall of the National Wildlife & Fish Refuge office at Savanna is occupied by your typical taxidermy. The stuffed owls, hawks and eagles should come as no surprise in such a habitat, right?
On a table under the mounted birds of prey, however, is a collection that doesn't fit the motif. Scattered upon the little display table are hand grenades, mortar shells, shrapnel and bullets.
Owl wedged in car’s grill freed by DNR warden
WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) — Department of Natural Resources wardens have answered the call to help wildlife in the past, but in this western Wisconsin case it was a beautiful bird in a very tight spot.
2 endangered barn owls released in S. Indiana county
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Two rare barn owls have been released in an area of southern Indiana where wildlife experts suspect another of the raptors is living.
The two female owls were released Wednesday inside a Monroe County pole barn that's fitted with an opening that leads to a nesting box for the state-endangered owl species .
The owls were placed inside the box in the hopes that they'll use it as their home base.
28 barn owls killed by cars found along rural highway
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — State wildlife officials have found 28 dead barn owls that were struck by cars along a highway in central California.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira said Wednesday officers found the birds' carcasses this month on a two-mile stretch of Highway 41 in Kings County, near Stratford.
Tira says an investigation determined every predatory nocturnal bird had been hit by a vehicle along the road flanked by farm fields.
Officials warn hikers about swooping bird on trail
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Officials in New Hampshire are warning hikers about a bird swooping down on people on a local trail.
WMUR-TV reports Keene officials recently posted signs at Cheshire Trail after they received three reports about an owl swooping by people. Keene Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director Andy Bohannon says hawks in a park swooped by hikers earlier this summer.
Florida man charged with destroying burrowing owl nests
CAPRE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with destroying the nests of six burrowing owls. The birds are protected by the state.
Wildlife officials say 52-year-old Jerlis Villalba and his crew were doing landscaping work when he instructed the crew to clear land near the burrows. According to a probable cause affidavit, Villalba admitted that he knew the burrowing owls and their burrows were protected and decided to get close anyway because he hadn't seen the birds in a long time.
South Dakota resident fights officials over rodent issue
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — The man whose dusty hands grip the dirt-caked steering wheel calls out the birds by name as his pickup barrels a trail through the grass unusually tall and green this summer for Fall River County. Like porpoises tailing a ship in a marine bay, the birds burst out of the pasture, encircling the truck.
"Meadowlark," said David Zimiga, the man hired for this ranch, pointing at zigzagging birds. "Those two are doves."
New York state expands popular grassland bird area
FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — New York is buying 180 acres to expand a wildlife area that's a popular destination for birders looking for snowy owls and other rare birds of prey.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is adding the land to the existing 286-acre Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area in Fort Edward. The state-owned area is within a 2,000-acre grassland recognized by the National Audubon Society as critical bird habitat.
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- Post-BulletinFamily Time: 'Experience everything owls' at festivalFebruary 28, 2019
- Winona Daily NewsInternational Festival of Owls is March 1-3 in HoustonFebruary 21, 2019
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
East Oregonian, July 24, on wishful thinking hurting recycling efforts:
When it comes to recycling, Oregonians have been fooling themselves for years.
We've been placing all sorts of items in curbside recycling bins, assuming that was appropriate because, well, it seems as if they should be recyclable — garden hoses, diapers, pots and pans, plastic bags, wire hangers, clamshell food containers . even bowling balls.
PANGBURN, Ark. (AP) — A great horned owl that was injured in a mudslide in central Arkansas in February will be released back into the wild this week.
An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission warden rescued the owl from a field near Pangburn, about 55 miles northeast of Little Rock, once floodwaters receded from the mudslide.
LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Firefighters in Livingston rescued two owlets and are offering a $200 reward for information leading to whoever is responsible for killing their mother.
Students at a Livingston middle school had been watching the great horned owl family, but someone threw rocks at the nest Tuesday night, killing the mother.
EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Animal welfare officials say several owls are dying from eating rodents who have consumed poison.
Bird experts say several sick owls have been found in the Epping area. Expert Jane Kelly tells WMUR-TV that she believes rodenticide is to blame, saying owls are snatching up rats or mice that have already been fatally sickened by rodent poison.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona wildlife officials say an injured owl that latched onto a woman in her car before flying off has been found.
Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman Mark Hart says agency workers putting up fencing for wildlife near Tucson when they spotted the owl Tuesday.
The bird had an injured left eye but was flapping its wings.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona wildlife officials say a woman narrowly avoided injury after trying to rescue a hurt owl.
Arizona Game and Fish Department Tucson spokesman Mark Hart says the incident happened Monday night when the woman accidentally struck the owl with her car.
The woman then turned back to recover the owl, which appeared stunned or unconscious.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — An injured snowy owl is on the mend in Massachusetts.
The Cape Cod Times reports Tuesday the owl is being cared for at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable after being spotted on the side of a busy road two weeks ago.
The owl was rescued by New Bedford Animal Control and has a broken ulna and a damaged joint. An ulna can be considered the forearm of a bird.
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A baby eastern screen owl that fell from its nest twice is getting some recuperative assistance.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — New homes have been found for 19 baby owls that were brought to a Wyoming wildlife rehabilitation center about a month ago.
The Teton Raptor Center in Jackson Hole found itself in late March with a sudden influx of owlets from three separate broods of young owls in Idaho.
Rat poison in prey threatens owls, other animals
PHOENIX (AP) — Great horned owls, one of the most common raptors in the United States, are being threatened by rat poison in their prey.
Since 2011, the Arizona Game & Fish Department has identified 50 cases of wildlife poisoning from pest control chemicals. Forty one of those involved anticoagulant rodenticide.
For some animals, wildfire can be a blessing or a curse.
For the Mexican spotted owl, it’s something of a mystery.
Owls attack Mississippi hunter prowling for turkeys
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two ambitious owls perched in a tree and plotted an attack for about 15 minutes before launching themselves at an unsuspecting hunter.
A flash of feathers was the only warning Mississippi hunter Al Porter had as the two barred owls silently dug their claws into his head and back.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Rat poison in prey threatens owls, other animals across Arizona
Kankakee Riverfront trails have been closed because of flooding in the Bourbonnais Township Park District.
Nest Box Seminar is March 3 at Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center
HORICON — A Next Box Seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 at Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center, N7725 Highway 28. The event is free.
Kennesaw State beats FGCU 97-93, ending 13-game win streak
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — James Scott and Nick Masterson each scored 27 points, Anthony Wilson calmly sank two free throws on his first trip to the line with 1.1 seconds on the clock and Kennesaw State defeated Florida Gulf Coast 97-93 Thursday night, ending the Eagles' 13-game win streak.
Karla Bloem is the executive director of the International Owl Center in Houston, Minn. The centers Festival of Owls, which began in 2003 and includes presentations, trips and demonstrations, is March 2-4 in the Houston area.
Kennesaw St. downs N. Florida behind Masterson’s 28 points
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Nick Masterson scored 28 points with six 3-pointers, James Scott added 17 points, and Kennesaw State used a late run to beat North Florida 89-81 on Thursday night to split the season series with the Ospreys.
From anteaters to zebras: London Zoo counts its creatures
LONDON (AP) — Gibbons Jimmy and Yoda, Max the Eurasian eagle owl and Bhanu the lion have stood up to be counted as London Zoo conducts its annual audit of creatures big and small.
Zookeepers tallied 19,289 animals in the annual count of every mammal, bird, reptile, fish, amphibian and insect at the famous zoo.
The penguins, at least, made it easy Wednesday, lining up flipper to flipper. Some concessions are made. Ants, for example, are counted en masse.
Barn owl rescued from industrial vent, in serious condition at wildlife center
OGDEN — A female barn owl is recovering at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah after being rescued from the ducts of an industrial furnace last week.
Catoosa County Deputy Meredith Sisk recently went above and beyond to rescue an owl that was injured along I-75 near Tunnel Hill.
On Thursday, Jan. 25, Sisk says a call came in from a passerby about an injured owl on the side of the interstate, which prompted her to try help out the injured bird.
Snowy owls and their admirers causing problems at airport
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials at the Portland International Jetport say migrating snowy owls and the human admirers following them are causing trouble for the runway.
Doomed trees reborn as art in Warsaw’s Fairytale Square
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — To residents of one Warsaw neighborhood, the rotting trees in Fairytale Square didn't deserve a sad ending.
So instead of being hauled off to the chipper, several meters' of the trees' weak trunks were allowed to remain standing and carved into playful sculptures.
We all know that a lot of birds migrate south in the winter. Doves and teal are generally the first to go. Waterfowl migrate south as soon as water in the northern prairies freeze and snow covers food sources in corn and wheat fields. Eagles follow the waterfowl. There is one more species of bird that moves south when they can no longer find food in their spring/summer haunts, but it is a bit more rare in Nebraska. It is the snowy owl.
Wyoming raptor center treats injured owl
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Northern pygmy owl that flew into a window a couple of weeks ago in northwest Wyoming has been nursed back to health and released back into the wild.
The tiny bird, about the same weight as half an apple, was treated for a head injury by staff at the Teton Raptor Center in Jackson Hole.
Owl Hootenanny celebrates the intriguing raptors at North Chagrin Reservation (photos)
Owl Hootenanny celebrates the intriguing raptors at North Chagrin Reservation (photos)
WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio – Visitors got to see firsthand owls that inhabit Northeast Ohio at the Owl Hootenanny at North Chagrin Reservation on Sunday.
Unsuspecting Ralston woman gets rare glimpse of screech owl during trip to mailbox
Mother Nature sent a special delivery to a Ralston woman.
Abbie Lira went to check her mailbox Friday. Instead of letters, she found something that stared back: an owl.
“It was kind of amazing,’’ she said. “He just turned his head and looked at me.”
GREENWICH — The Connecticut Critters Facebook group is among a growing number of web communities in the region that have banned certain photographs of owls.
Officials: snowy owls from the Arctic are dying in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — While Kansans might enjoy seeing a snowy owl from the Arctic, wildlife experts say it's not good news that the animals are this far south.
Wildlife officials say nearly a dozen snowy owls have been found dead this winter in Kansas. Most likely died from starvation.
Snowy owl spotted hanging out at north Omaha grassy area
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Residents in north Omaha have reported seeing an unusual sight — a snowy owl that usually calls Canada home.
Omaha television station KETV reports that the white owl has been hanging out at an Interstate 680 exit in north Omaha.
Some people have reported the bird to wildlife officials, concerned that it might be injured or sick. But experts say after observing it, it appears perfectly healthy.
Officials at a Maine outdoor center are warning skiers to watch out for an "aggressive dive-bombing" owl that recently struck a man.
Pineland Farms says in a Facebook post the owl cut the man's head when it attacked, and neither skiers nor trail groomers have seen the bird since.