The following poster was created by Ella MacQuisten for Wild Wise Sooke. Click on the poster to see the original, larger sized work. For your reading convenience, the text is printed out below.
SARA Status: Special Concern (Western Population)
Did you know?
- They swallow their prey whole! Instead of passing it all through their digestive tract, they cough up a pellet.
- Their ability to hunt with only the use of sound is the best of any animal ever tested!
- Nests are most often made in man-made structures, such as barns, chimneys, and attics
- Its main prey item is the vole, which is vulnerable to landscape changes that occur from urbanization
- The use of rodenticide for pest control results in poisoning and direct mortality
Common Misconception: All owls “hoooot”!
Barn owls actually make harsh screeches instead of the commonly recognized “hoot” of some other owls.
See other posters by Ella MacQuisten
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Barn Owl
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: Pacific Great Blue Heron
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Painted Turtle
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Rufous Hummingbird