Heather: Beyond small rodents, barred owls eat crayfish, fish, reptiles and invertebrates. Edwina and Edward seem to like fish the most. Since barred and eastern screech owls are native to the U.S., we can directly help them by making our backyards animal friendly. Plant native trees, shrubs and flowers. A brush pile made from yard trimmings and clippings provides shelter to small rodents and may attract owls.
Jackie: The chemicals we put in the environment can have unintended consequences. One of the best ways to help owls is to avoid using pesticides, rodenticides or insecticides. After rodents or insects ingest the poison, they may be eaten by larger animals, including owls. This, in turn, can poison the birds.
Heather: Barred owls also roost and nest in mature, deciduous trees. So don’t cut trees down unless they cause danger to life or property. Each of us has a great deal of influence over our local and global environment. Let’s use it responsibly and be true guardians to the animals we share our world with.