Talons Up Close

Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to see a master falconer and environmental educator at work. The program, “Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience” by Lorrie Schumacher, featured several species of hawks and owls, native and exotic. I locked in on one bird in particular, a Barn Owl, because it’s a native species that I have yet to see in the wild.

Meet “Oliver” the Barn Owl.

Lorrie, Master Falconer, and Oliver the Barn Owl

Barn Owls hunt open habitats at night for mice and other small mammals. Daytime retreats and nesting sites include natural cavities and abandoned barns, silos and other structures. Despite their worldwide distribution, they, like many wildlife species, are vulnerable to habitat degradation and loss.

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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10 thoughts on “Talons Up Close

    • Ha! We have a lot of barns, active and abandoned, in this area and I’m looking!! I’m also waiting for one of my informants to give me a good lead. I’m desperate to see one of these beauties in a natural setting and ultimately find a family in the spring. 🙂

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