Habitat loss is considered to be one of the leading factors affecting all species of wildlife.
The loss of nesting trees, marshlands, forests, open fields, barns, wildlife corridors, and other habitat has a huge negative impact on the wildlife that is trying to live alongside us. Human encroachment has made it more difficult to find areas to locate food and raise their young without coming into contact with man made obstacles and dangers, such as roads, power lines, poisons, and windows, or increased competition among differing species or within their own that live in the area.
If you live within a suitable habitat, nesting boxes are a great way to encourage certain species of raptors to your property. This not only helps the local populations thrive and grow, it also helps give you a natural form of rodent control.
Some species that would use boxes include Barn Owls, Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-whet Owls, and American Kestrels. There are many styles of boxes that you can find on the internet and no one design is the right one. We have made some diagrams you can follow. Please feel free to use our diagrams to make your own nest box.
Barn Owl Box Program
One way that OWL is helping with habitat loss is with our Barn Owl Box program. By providing access to nesting boxes in appropriate locations it can help maintain Barn Owl populations in the local area. We make nesting boxes available for a donation and encourage others to build their own with the diagram seen below. OWL also has a barn owl placement waiting list for young owls that have gone through our facility and are ready to be released to a suitable location so they may occupy their own territory.
For more information on our Barn Owl nesting box program in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley please feel free to contact us.