Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
New video on YouTube’s Delaware DNREC channel
takes viewers inside barn owl nesting boxes
DOVER (June 18, 2013) – Visitors to DNREC’s website are invited to check out a new video on YouTube’s Delaware DNREC channel that gives viewers a unique closeup look at young barn owls during a tour of their nesting boxes with Division of Fish and Wildlife staff doing annual barn owl banding.
Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager Wayne Lehman and volunteer owl bander Marnie Pepper guide viewers through the process of temporarily removing juvenile barn owls from their nest boxes to band, weigh and determine their age and gender. The owls steal the show with their unearthly squeals and oddly appealing monkey-like faces, while Lehman, Pepper and Wildlife Biologist Anthony Gonzon share interesting facts about the species, which is particularly valued for its diet of mice, voles and other rodents in agricultural settings.
In addition to “Banding Barn Owls,” the Delaware DNREC YouTube Channel offers more than 50 fun, interesting and educational videos, taking viewers from the unique steam car collection at Auburn Heights Preserve to the trails and pathways of Cape Henlopen State Park, and from the Delaware Bayshore to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and many of the First State’s great outdoors places in between. Most of these videos are written and produced in-house by the DNREC Office of Public Affairs.
To view “Banding Barn Owls” and other DNREC videos on YouTube, click http://youtube.com/delawarednrec.
Vol. 43, No. 252