Barn Owls are declining because of habitat loss and rodent poisoning.
This Barn Owl could hear my heart beating.
The Barn Owl has excellent low-light vision, but its ability to locate prey by sound alone is the best of any animal that has ever been tested. It can catch mice in complete darkness in the lab, or hidden by vegetation or snow out in the real world.
A barn owl will eat at least 10,000 rodents a year. For every owl that dies prematurely from poisoned rodents, 10,000 extra rodents are free to multiply.
If we don’t want the rat population to explode we must STOP USING RAT POISONS.
All poisons kill the predators as well as the “so called pest.” In the long run your problem becomes harder to manage.
The food chain if allowed to thrive will keep the balance.
As we always say, “No Poison Is Safe.”
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I first heard the term “island eradication” back in 2011, when a colleague sent me an email that contained a project scoping notice from U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS), San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This public notice announced a non-native mouse eradication project for the Farallon Islands, which are located 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco. The solemn tone of his words — “Have you seen this?” — quickly caught my attention.
As I read the document I couldn’t believe what was being contemplated. USFWS wants to use helicopters to drop 1.3 metric tons of brodifacoum (in the form of loose rat poison pellets) over the Farallon Islands, an area that has been designated as a National Wildlife Refuge. Nonnative mice are the issue. The ashy storm-petrel, a seabird that is considered aspecies of special concern, is being indirectly impacted by the presence of mice.
Photo of ashy storm-petrel courtesy of Wikipedia images. Photo taken by Duncan Wright Continue reading The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The ‘Con’ in Conservation