Blue Mountain Audubon has started the development of a Barn Owl Nest Box project.The benefits we envision from this project include but are not limited to:
(01) Increase the Barn Owl Population
(02) Decrease the use of Rodenticides (Rodent poisons) in the area
(03) Increase our partnership with other organizations such as Salmon Safe and Vinea
(04) Develop educational opportunities regarding Barn Owls and their benefit to the environment
We have a map that shows the current locations of the Barn Owl Boxes.
Click Here to view the map.
For Barn Owl Box Questions for George Jameson Click Here
For Barn Owl Box Questions for Chris Howard Click Here
Can you donate funds to help our project?
It will cost us approximately $70 to build and install a typical barn owl nest box
If you would like to contribute to our project by making a donation Click Here
How many rodents can a barn owl eat?
The following information was taken from a web site called barn owl boxes and that web site can be found Here
This information is consistent across many available resources.
“Researchers have investigated barn owl nests and found these pellets on the floor of the nesting area. By counting them, they get a good idea of how many rodents barn owls are eating in a given period of time. The number emerging from most studies is astonishing: the average barn owl family consumes 1,300 rats per year and 3,000 rodents during breeding season!”
Additionally, when the food source is available, they will eat gophers, lots of gophers.
Rodenticides (Rodent Poisons)
We want to install barn owl nest boxes in a variety of locations in the Walla Walla Valley. Adjacent to vineyards, Bennington Lake, Agricultural Areas, the Natural Areas and various other locations.One of the critical factors in placing the nest boxes is the use or rather lack of use of Rodenticides. We cannot place nest boxes in locations where the owls have a probability of getting poisoned. Rodenticides are expensive, counterproductive and incredibly destructive to wildlife and our shared environment.
Here is a great YouTube Video showing the benefits of the Barn Owl as a predator Click Here to watch the video.
Hungry Owl Project
Some initial information regarding Barn Owl Nest Boxes and their benefit was derived from the Hungry Owl Project. A lot of information is available on their web site that can be found by clicking