Entries by MARK BROWNING

Bluebird Facts

Bluebirds begin breeding in early to late March in most areas. Breeding begins with males staking out potential nest sites and advertising them to prospective females with display flights and calls. Once the female chooses a site, she alone will build the nest and brood the eggs. Nests are built with grass, hay, and pine […]

Screech Owl Facts

The screech owl does not really screech. Its main calls are a soft tremolo and a whinny. The western screech owl call sounds like a bouncing ball. Screech owls are easily attracted to nest boxes. Screech owls eat mainly rodents. Eastern and Western Screech Owl ranges combine to cover most of the U.S. Preferred screech […]

Kestrel Facts

Combine day-hunting kestrels with nocturnal-hunting barn owls to hit rodent populations around the clock. During breeding season, a kestrel family can consume upwards of 500 voles or mice, and a large number of injurious insects including grasshoppers and locusts. Numerous farmers of various crops have been erecting kestrel boxes for decades. An added benefit is […]

Barn Owl Biology Facts

The seventeen species of barn owls are so different than from all the other 200-plus owls in the world that they are placed in their own taxonomic division. This difference is manifested not only in the physiology of barn owls, but also in their behavior. Barn owl species are far more tolerant of man, far […]

California State Fair

Since Mark Browning delivered three days of talks on barn owls at the California State Fair in 2011, a sample nest box has stood on the grounds in the agricultural section.  

Welcome to our New Site

This site is designed to help you understand barn owl biology, how to attract barn owls, how best to apply integrated pest management methods for natural rodent control, and give you information on the biology of common pest species, including pocket gophers, voles, mice, and rats. Our Barn Owl Status page includes a state by […]

Barn Owls Contribute to Rodent Control

Barn owls have been contributing to rodent control long before the term integrated pest management was born. Since humans planted crops and built shelters, barn owls have lived in close proximity to us. In recent years, using barn owls for pest management has become much more sophisticated. Farms have been able to establish densities of […]