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Wildlife biologists asking for help in locating barn owl nesting sites for rare species, once plentiful in KY

Wildlife biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources need the public’s help in locating barn owl nesting sites to gain a deeper understanding of why the species is rare in the state. Barn owls, with their distinctive heart-shaped faces and dark eyes, were plentiful across Kentucky as late as the 1960s. By 2016, however, there were only about 75 documented nesting locations...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Barn owl rare species in Commonwealth; inventory finds increase in nesting

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is uncommon to rare in Kentucky, yet worldwide it’s one of the most widely distributed of all owl species. “We have been studying Barn Owls since the 1990s,” said Kate Slankard, a raptor biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “At that time the population was really low. We were only able to find about 25 nests statewide.” In 2005, the...

Kentucky wildlife biologists seek public’s assistance in locating barn owl nesting locations

Wildlife biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources need the public’s help in locating as many barn owl nesting sites as possible to gain a deeper understanding of why the species has declined in the state. Barn owls, with their distinctive heart-shaped faces and dark eyes, were plentiful across Kentucky as late as the 1960s. Currently there are only about 50 documented...