NBCRightNow.com - Volunteers at Blue Mountain Wildlife are prepping to raise hundreds of displaced or orphaned barn owls this spring. The nocturnal animals are often found in local barns and haystacks.
organization raised 170 owls last year and 400 in 2011. Blue Mountain
Wildlife uses a technique known as hacking, a method that replicates a
nest box, to support young owls as they learn to hunt.
Organizers say the animals are an important part of our ecosystem.
their populations are impacted negatively, then at some point, it's
going to impact people too...so, they not only help us directly with
rodent control, but they're also an indicator of how well we're doing
taking care of this world that we share," said Lynn Tompkins, owner of
Blue Mountain Wildlife.
Owls feed on mice which cost the organization more than $20,000 annually.
you're interested in seeing some of the owls Blue Mountain Wildlife
rescues, they're hosting a fundraiser this weekend. There will be live
birds, a red-tailed hawk release, refreshments and more. Event details
are listed below.
Barn Owl Boot Camp:
Saturday, April 20th
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Howard Amon Park in Richland