Blue Mountain Wildlife need help feeding a higher number of owls this time of year
BENTON CITY, Wash. - Blue Mountain Wildlife needs your help to feed owls as organizers have been dealing with a higher number of owls expected this time of year.
Michele Caron, Wild Life Rehabilitator said, “the issue is we just have a tremendously large number of barn animals that are coming in, and are orphaned this year.”
She said they can’t fly, and they have no real defenses.
Caron said it’s common for barn owls to be orphaned in the Tri-Cities. “They're orphaned on the large hay stacks so the tarps are put over them from last year."
She said barn owls will often make their nests in stacks of hay and when it’s time to move the hay, those babies are displaced.
“We had an awfully warm February this year, so we had owls nest sooner then they normally would, typically, we have about 100 to 150 owls in a year, from March through August.”
This year, Caron said they have over twice that amount and it’s only the middle of April.
“We need food for them which is becoming a little problematic for an organization that fundraises [sic] for its funds.”
“It’s extremely important that they eat mice, a whole food diet, they need the calcium that comes from that.”
She said it costs 65 cents a mouse and a total of $5,000 to $6,000 a week, to care for them.
Leaders anticipate a need of $50,000 just to feed baby owls over the next coming months.
And leaders say barn owls, play an important role in the circle of life.
“They offer so much in this agriculture area and a family of two owls raising five babies will eat over 6,000 mice from a farmer.”
Carols said it saves famers from crops or any damage from rodents out in the wild.
Leaders at Blue Mountain Wildlife care for the owls until they can hunt on their own.
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