Farmers’ Grazing System Helps Barn Owls
WARREN County farmers Ben and David Avis went to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2001 looking for advice about how to improve their pastures. What they found was that cattle aren’t the only animals to benefit from the rotational grazing system they built over the last 15 years. This past May, representatives of the World Bird Sanctuary delivered the fifth pair of American barn owls to the Avis farm for release into the wild. The young owls were Nos. 1,000 and 1,001 that the St. Louis sanctuary raised and released in an attempt to increase the population of barn owls. The program appears to be working. Just four years ago, barn owls were on the endangered species list. Today they are listed as being a “special concern.”
St. Charles County Officers Rescue Barred Owl
“A wounded owl, left for dead, flew back into the wild Wednesday, thanks to a couple of St. Charles County Police officers. Adam Caupp and Eric Feagans had no idea how to capture the Barred Owl when they found it on Highway 94 near Augusta, but they couldn’t just drive on by. About four o’clock Wednesday afternoon, they had the honor of releasing the bird. Caupp practiced the release with a stuffed eagle toy first. Then, he held the owl for the first time since the rescue about 4 weeks ago.”
World Bird Sanctuary releases 1,000th owl into the wild!
Since 1981, World Bird Sanctuary has been breeding and releasing American Barn owls in the state of Missouri due to a drastic drop in overall population, but more specifically in the Midwest region. The American barn owl is key to a balanced ecosystem here in the United States. They are incredibly important to rodent control; each adult bird eating an average of 2,000 mice each year. The drop in population is attributed to two main problems: secondary poisoning from domestic and commercial rodent poisons and habitat loss (older trees and open fields of short grass with hedgerows). The solution to these problems is education about alternatives to rodent control, education about and construction of nest boxes, and propagation to release.
Peregrine Falcon Band Spotted!
World Bird Sanctuary just received some very exciting news! A female Peregrine Falcon nesting in Terra Haute, IN was photographed with a VERY special and recognizable band on her leg!
Her colored band number is blk/red, G/C* (asterisk means the letter is sideways). WBS Peregrine Nest Box Project Manager, Jeff Meshach banded this new momma-to-be on 5/17/2013 at the Ameren Missouri Sioux Energy Center. Her mother was SiouxZee and her dad was Coal. She has 3 brothers.
Jeff is a very proud (papa?) today!
GIVE A HOOT! Barn owl releasing underway in Dent County!
“Barn owls, the majestic white birds of the night, are receiving support from the World Bird Sanctuary and local volunteers as they begin to be released into Dent County. “Barn owls are a species of special concern in Missouri,” says Jeff Meshach, the Director of the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis. “MDC (the Missouri Department of Conservation) says we do not have the numbers we should be seeing, so we are trying to help increase their population in the wild.” The World Bird Sanctuary is nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments. As part of their Return to the Wild program, Dent County has been selected as one of eight sites in Missouri where barn owls raised in captivity will get their first taste of freedom in the Ozark wilderness.”
Another First for World Bird Sanctuary
First Ever Captive Hatched Sandhill Crane Reintroduction in the State of Missouri
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, WBS released the first-ever, captive-hatched Sandhill Crane into the state of Missouri. It seemed to take forever for release day to arrive, yet the hatchling Sandhill Crane appeared to grow up and attain adult size within a few weeks. To be exact, he was hatched June 23rd, 2015 and was raised completely by the parents, Shawnee and Menomenee, while on public display at the Sanctuary. It was just over three months from hatch to release.
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