The Hungry Owl Project

Mar 6, 2014

Alex Godbe with her friend, Wookie
Credit Hungry Owl Project

 It’s a classic win-win. The Hungry Owl Project is providing habitat and boosting populations of bar owls in the North Bay, enabling the nocturnal predators to feast on mice, rats and other rodents we’d rather not be allowed to proliferate unchecked.

Barn owls are just one of several species of owls that are common across the North Bay. Although they, like most owls, are nocturnal, Alex Godbe, Director of the Hungry Owl Project, says barn owls are easy to recognize when seen in flight. But don’t expect to hear one fly past.

Owls settling into their home, courtesy of the Hungry Owl Project

 But just because you won’t hear a barn owl in flight, don’t assume you won’t hear one at all.

Left alone, barn owls can live a decade or more, Alex Godbe explains, and while they don’t necessarily maintain any sort of social relationships, they are also non-territorial, and so can readily co-exist with one another, provided the food supply is sufficient for all.

Learn more about "The Mysterious Lives of Owls" when the Hungry Owl Project is featured as the Second Saturday presentation at the Laguna  Foundation's Heron Hall on Saturday March 8 at 3 pm.  The Hungry Owl Project also offers instructions for building owl boxes as well as finished boxes for sale via their website.