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CARRI Searching For Volunteers To Construct Nest Boxes


Owl-CARRI-RashidPhoto and article by Scott Rashid

For several years now CARRI and its volunteers have constructed and erected nesting boxes in the Estes valley for Northern Saw-whet Owls with great success. Now we are going to begin a new project for Barn Owls and Eastern Screech Owls.

Barn Owls are found in open country where there are old buildings such as barns and silos where they raise their families. Sorry, we don’t have barn owls up this high (around Estes or RMNP). The birds are better found in Loveland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Longmont etc. Barn Owls are one of the most beneficial birds in the world due to their ability to catch and consume large numbers of small rodents that cause disease and crop damage. They only nest in cavities and due to the lack of nesting sites, the species is becoming harder and harder to locate and study. Starting in 2014 CARRI will begin a long term study of this species.

Eastern Screech Owls are also found in the valley (again, sorry that species doesn’t nest at this elevation either). These small owls nest near rivers and streams where there are large cottonwoods to conceal the owls. They too, feed largely on small animals such as mice, voles and rats. There numbers are also low due to the lack of nesting sites.

CARRI is going to begin placing nest boxes for these species but is looking for individuals to construct the boxes. CARRI will supply the plans and materials. If anyone is interested in constructing the boxes please contact Scott Rashid at 970-577-1794. Thank you.

 

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