New faculty portraits College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

By Jason Thomas and Leslie Schwindt

Barn Owls are a native bird to Idaho that have had to deal with a lot of problems. Learn about the struggles of barn owls in Idaho by meeting Junior, a rehabilitated barn owl.  Learn how farmers, landowners and everyday citizens can help mitigate some of these problems.  By supporting barn owls they may be able to help reduce rodent populations in Idaho creating a win for the environment, farmers and barn owls.

Though these birds are important hunters of rodents, their nesting options are limited in Idaho. By building and deploying boxes, research suggests that barn owls can be attracted and utilized to help control voles. Learn more about these amazing  birds and how they might be utilized more in agricultural settings that benefits both farmers and birds.


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