SAVE THE BARN OWLS

Melissa Clement

Whats happening?

Us as humans have destroyed a variety of animal's habitats. We just do it with no thought, when do you actually sit and think and ask yourself what you're about to do? Barn owls live in grasslands, we are using those grasslands and constructing them into homes for people. That is a pro for us but a con for them.

How does habitat destruction affect barn owls?

Barn owls do not make their own nests to lay eggs. They use man made or made by other animals. But we are destroying grasslands to turn that land into houses for us. But than now we are taking their homes, so that we have homes that we already had but they have no home now. And its our fault. The average of barn owls were 150 000 now the average is 3000-5000 that is a huge amount and we should be concerned.

Predators & Prey

Barn owls have many predators mainly smaller carnivorous mammals, and larger birds such as hawks and eagles. Barn owls eat small mammals such as rats, mice, rodents. And animals that are active at night. Barn owls prey have been disappearing due to habitat destruction.

lifespan

Barn owls have a high growth rate, due to their current state the rate has been decreasing. Barn owls look at mating as a must and their duty. They usually hatch to 4 babies or more. The average lifespan for a wild barn owl is 4 years. Most barn owls die young, a lot die within their first year of life. They die of starvation, severe winter weather, or because of loss of habitat, they're so young they don't know where to go to start a new life, so they just die.

pros & cons for barn owls and humans

Pros

We benefit by having more homes to live in, and by using the land as farming to grow our crops.

Barn owls eat small rodents which benefits farmers and us.

Cons

Barn owls are losing there habitats, where they live, they're also losing their prey due to habitat repositioning.

Barn owls also die because of farmers pesticides, they lay eggs in fields and the poison kills them.

why should we help save barn owls?

Barn owls are insanely beautiful owls, their features are incredible and one of a kind. Owls are rodent eaters, without owls rodents would overpopulate. We tend to think that animals of all kinds are replaeable and by killing just a couple won't harm any animals food chains, but it does. For example if we had no chickens. They are a big part of humans protein source. Where would we get chicken from? We wouldn't be able to anymore! Plus who wouldn't want to save our wildlife!

how can we help save barn owls?

If while sight seeing and such, you come across a barn owl leave it alone. Do not startle or hunt it down. Call our number given below (you will be asked a variety of various questions that will be taken down taken into consideration). We can't do much besides persuading anyone disturbing them in anyway, to not continue going on this way.

fun facts on barn owls

1. Barn owls are silent predators of the night. They are so quiet that when they fly not even we could detect them coming our way!

2. The oldest barn owl was not a wild barn owl, and it was 12 years old!

3. Grasslands have dark rich soil. fires are very common because it is all grass and plants

4. Barn owls communicate with very odd "voices" it is screeching, and annoying!!? Yes very annoying

5. Their wingspan is in between 107-110 centimetres long.

work cited

"Biomes." Science for Kids: Grasslands Biome. N.p., 5 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <http://www.ducksters.com/science/ecosystems/grasslands_biome.php>.


"Meet Echo." Earth Rangers. N.p., 2011. Web. 4 May 2016. <www.earthrangers.com/wildlife/echo-the-barn-owl/>.


"New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide." Wildlife Field Guide for New Jersey's Endangered and Threatened Species. N.p., 2006. Web. 4 May 2016. <http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/species/fieldguide/view/tyto%20alba/>.


"Barn Owl Expetancy", n.d. Web. 7 May 2016. <www.barnowltrust.org.uk/barn-owl-facts/barn-owl-life-expectancy/>.


"Ontario." Minister of Natural Resources, 9 Dec. 2015. Web. 22 Apr. 2016. <http://www.ontario.ca/page/barn-owl>.

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