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by Austin Ford, Jr
on November 30, 2017 at 12:08 PM
Terrific to see this article by Rachael Long - more testimony to the world I live in. With science direction from UCLA Emeritus Martin Cody, PhD, we started the Amador Barn Owl Box Co. to (1) Create jobs and (2) Assist local vineyards to become organic. Now offering Bluebird Boxes (combat spread of Pierce's Disease), Bat Houses, Wood Duck boxes and more. Thanks, Rachael.  
Austin Ford  
www.Amadorbarnowlbox.com.  
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by Curt Gesch
on December 20, 2017 at 12:51 PM
I formerly lived near Vancouver on a farm with barn owl nests. Now, however, I live in that big open space called "almost all the rest of Canada" where barn owls don't live. We try to encourage smaller owls--saw whet and pygmy owls by preserving habitat. In our area there are more great grey owls than in the past and fewer great horned owls. In the winter we have some hawk owls, too. Our ravens reside here year round, and they are awesome predators of voles and mice, too.  
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by Rachael Long
on January 29, 2018 at 4:36 PM
Interesting, thanks for the update. Are you on a farm?  
Rachael
by Biff Harrelsen
on December 23, 2019 at 3:55 PM
Maps show barn owls confined south of Michigan. However, during the summer 2019, I had a barn owl residing in my yard in extreme NW Lower Michigan (Emmet County).  
 
I suspect they like to perch in proximity to a yard light or where light from a house slightly lights up the ground below where they perch. Improves their visibility I bet. Both this one (mentioned above) and one that was perennially in my yard in central Indiana perched in a tree overlooking a slightly illuminated area of ground, lit by lighting inside the house. I love barn owls - they are expert mousers.
by Biff Harrelson
on June 18, 2020 at 4:05 PM
Can't say I ever heard a loud screech, but that "eerie ascending rasping" sound is what gives them away. Had a "family" (about 4 may be 5) in the same tree I saw the barn owl in last August (above post), here in NW Lower Mich. They might be fledging young (mid June).
 
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