Look Whooos Listening: Long Eared Owls Help Keep Our World in Balance

Look Whooos Listening: Long Eared Owls Help Keep Our World in Balance

As top predators, hawks, eagles, falcons, and other raptors are often the first species to be affected by a range of environmental pressures; therefore, they play an essential indicator role in the health of our ecosystem,” explained hawkwatch.org.

One of the more unusual owls is the Long Eared owl which lives in North America, Europe, and Asia. Their nests are the old crows, ravens, magpies, or hawk nests according to hawkwatchinternational.com.

Not only the fact that the Long Eared owls control rodent populations, but they also have an interesting way in which they do it. Owls take up a rare and special role as nocturnal predators, and are amazingly efficient due to their hunting strategy. From the view of their prey, they literally appear out of nowhere without making a sound, according to science.jrank.org.

Long-Eared Owls have an interesting relationship with some of their neighbors. Instead of building their own nests, these resourceful owls will reuse the stick-nests of other birds.

Long-Eared Owls don’t actually have long ears. They’re named after tall, feathery tufts on their heads that look like ears. Their real ears are hidden behind their feathers that are on their face, according to mnn.com.

The Long-Eared Owl isn’t known as a threatened species, and tens of thousands exist around the world. As the Audubon Society explains that a good climate for wintering long-eared owls is moving north because of the climate change.

According to mnn.com, Audubon Great Lakes’ Stephanie Beilke told the Chicago Tribune that, “Owls are ‘irruptive migrants,’ meaning that where they show up and how many individuals are spotted during the winter can be somewhat unpredictable. Not much is currently known about what triggers an irruption, but it could be related to food availability and changes in population sizes.”

Bird watchers and other naturalists spend a great deal of money for transportation and birding paraphernalia to engage in their pursuit of owls and other species science.jrank.org.

Ornithologists believe that there are almost 155 different kinds of owls living throughout the world. Some are the Raptor, Northern Hawk Owl, Snowy Owl, and the Great Grey Owl. A very interesting owl is the Northern Saw-whet Owl explained hawkwatchinternational.com.

This doll-like owl is one of the smallest owls found in North America. The Northern Saw-whet Owls’ habit coniferous forests, with crowded areas of shrubs. They mainly live in forests with deciduous trees according to owlpages.com.