Acquaintance with owls

Nocturnal lifestyle, large eyes, sharp claws, hooked beak, silent gliding flight, and peculiar sounds of wedding songs create some mystery around owls. Owls really do not leave anyone indifferent. Their unusual appearance, hypnotic look, and ability to turn their heads funny will always attract people’s attention. The feathering of owls, as a rule, is protective. The owl merges with the environment and allows the bird to remain unnoticed. It’s difficult to spot an owl during the day but to see it up close, to hold it in your hands, is often a pipe-dream.

On July 30th, we had the opportunity to invite young fans of Harry Potter to another workshop “Ringing owlets”. Among the 13 species of Ukrainian owls, the barn owl is the least numerous. It’s a common representative of the anthropogenic landscape, therefore it’s most dependent on human activity. Loss of nesting places due to modernization of churches (windows of bell towers and church attics are covered with netting) and reconstruction of old buildings; falling into various eco-traps (entanglement in plastic canvas covers, falling into containers with water); death as a result of predation by a domestic cat and a house marten; poisoning by rodents that ate grain processed by farmers — these factors brought the owl to the edge of extinction.

The barn owl is the most beautiful among the other owls in our region. Nature has awarded the bird with a soft golden feather with black spots, a cute face in a heart-shaped mask, and huge black eyes. One look at these owls is enough to fall in love with them once and for all! We want to believe that people will save these amazing useful birds, and at night, as before, the enchanting sounds of these mysterious and still little-studied owls will be heard.

The event was held by IERS expert Leonid Pokrytyuk with the participation of children of IDPs as part of the cooperation of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies – IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ), project coordinators – Ivan TymofeievNataliya Kulya (IERS).

Informational Service of IERS

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