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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Boreal Owls in Michigan

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
The Boreal Owl has a large range, and is found primarily in North America, Europe and Asia. In our area the Boreal Owls are seen mainly in northern part of Michigan among old-growth coniferous and mixed forests. They feed primarily on small mammals, such as voles, mice, chipmunks, and squirrels. This small owl (9-12" long) is remarkably proficient at locating and catching prey that is beneath the snow.

Many cavity-nesting owls have declined in numbers after logging operations remove their nest sites. Luckily, Boreal Owls will use artificial nest boxes and this has resulted in rebounds of their numbers, especially in rejuvenating forests where natural cavities are not yet available.

Related Articles:
- Snowy Owls http://bit.ly/ylJmQq
- Eastern Screech Owl http://bit.ly/wMQBZj
- Great Horned Owl http://bit.ly/zmlFqY
- Barred Owl http://bit.ly/yAoDx8
- Great Gray Owl http://bit.ly/tAewYm
- Fun Facts on Owls http://bit.ly/z9q3Dg

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