Barn owls are an elusive and fascinating bird of prey. While barn owls are found around the world, many areas are experiencing a severe decline due to urban sprawl, habitat destruction and the use of agricultural poisons and pesticides. One way to encourage their population growth is through the installation of nest boxes on property— a current project of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society.
On this excursion, we will visit Welcome Table Farm to see an active nesting box and learn more about the program from Chris Howard of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society.
After, we will hear from Lynn Tompkins, Executive Director of Blue Mountain Wildlife, Lynn has helped rehabilitate sick and injured birds for over 30 years. In this lecture, you will meet some of their resident raptors. Lynn will share their life histories, their role in a healthy environment, and our role in helping to maintain a harmonious coexistence with our native wildlife.
Lynn will also discuss the harmful effects of lead ammunition on our regional raptors, in particular bald eagles. Bald eagles are America’s pride and joy. However, our beloved bird is treated better as a symbol than as a species.
Today, 10-15% of bald eagles die in the first year because of lead poisoning. Last year alone, sixteen bald eagles were tested for lead poisoning by Blue Mountain Wildlife. Lynn will share ways in which we can reduce the harm and help.