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Short-eared Owl

...the golden owl that hunts by day
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Flapping with deep, slow wing-motion, a Short-eared Owl appears almost to float above the ground. This owl has an extensive world range, including North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Still, it's declining, due to development, agriculture, and overgrazing. American Bird Conservancy and Partners in Flight consider this bird at-risk. But the federal Conservation and Wetland Reserve Programs are showing promise for Short-eared Owls, by preserving large blocks of habitat. Let your elected representatives know that you support these programs!

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Short-eared Owls Hunt by Day
Written by Bob Sundstrom

This is BirdNote. [Short-eared Owl barking]

On a cold, crisp January morning, we gaze across a broad, undulating pasture. Atop a fence post stands a bird of prey, golden brown in the morning light. Watch! The bird is taking flight on long, rounded wings. Flapping with deep, slow wing-motion, it appears almost to float above the ground, like an enormous moth. It’s a Short-eared Owl, an owl ‘specially adapted to hunt during the day. [Short-eared Owl barks]

Short-eared Owls are found on grasslands and tundra, and along coastlines. They have an extensive world range, including North and South America as well as Europe and Asia. [Short-eared Owl barking] Yet despite its widespread range, this unconventional owl is declining. In North America, grassland habitats are dwindling due to development, agriculture, and overgrazing. American Bird Conservancy and Partners in Flight consider the Short-eared owl at-risk.

So, what to do?

Well, restoring habitat offers hope. Programs such as the federal Conservation and Wetland Reserve Programs are showing promise for Short-eared Owls.  By preserving large blocks of habitat, they help ensure a future for the golden owl that hunts by day. [Short-eared Owl barks]

To learn more, come to our website, birdnote.org.  Today’s show brought to you by the Lufkin Family Foundation.

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Call of the Short-eared Owl provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.  Barking [137503] recorded by G. Vyn and barks by [45302] by D.S. Herr.
Ambient recorded by C. Peterson.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org     January 2017   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID# SotB-SEOW-01-2012-01-30

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