Piedmont Barn Owl Initiative
Barn Owls have been in decline in the North Carolina Piedmont for many decades. Changes in farm practices, the gradual return of forests, and rampant development are all to blame. Barn Owls require vast, open areas of marsh, meadow, or farmland in order to thrive.
Beginning in 2012, New Hope Audubon began a program of installing Barn Owl nest boxes in areas with appropriate habitat. The aim is to encourage dispersing juvenile owls to take up residence and breed, improving local populations. Similar programs have proven successful in states like Indiana, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
Barn Owls are voracious rodent hunters, and can play an integral role in sustainable farming practice. If you live in Chatham, Durham, Orange, or eastern Alamance Counties, have 50 or more acres of open farmland, and have a history of nesting Barn Owls on your property, you may qualify for a free nest box from New Hope Audubon. Barn Owls are white and speckled gold, and are very different from the common Barred Owl, a resident of local forests. Contact us for more information about this program, or visit our blog at piedmontbarnowls.blogspot.com