Nebraska Barn Owls

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on November 30, 2016
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Barn Owls in Nebraska

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The North Platte River Valley in the Panhandle provides excellent barn owl habitat

Barn_Owl_Flying_8349State biologists report that barn owls are doing well overall in the state, with good populations in the southern panhandle where escarpments and cliffs provide numerous nesting sites, in the North Platte Valley, and in the southwestern and south central portions where many grasslands are still intact. The eastern half of the state supports fewer barn owls due to the intensive farming of soy and corn which provide very poor habitat. This is a fairly recent changeā€”over the past ten years, a great deal of prairie has been turned into high intensity farming of these row crops.

Although researchers have not conducted in-depth studies of barn owl populations in the state, the frequency that wildlife rehabilitators take in injured and orphaned owls shows that the barn owl is doing well in Nebraska.

Dark blue = good populations; Light blue = fair; Green = scattered to rare

White = good populations; Light blue = fair; Green = scattered to rare

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Mark Browning has conducted research on barn owls for the past ten years. His project in California attracted 18 breeding pairs of barn owls that fledged 66 young on 100 acres. He is the designer of the Barn Owl Box.

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